The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.
—Edward R. Murrow
We may reduce our difficulties with others to communication problems, yet the remedy may remain unclear. How can we become more responsible for our share of the communication? Can we stop blaming others? When we improve in those ways, our relationships get better.
Clear, specific, and direct language will help us be more responsible and less blaming. We can use simple words that expose the truth rather than words that hide or sugarcoat it. We can use specific examples and give details rather than generalities or hints. We can be more direct by using you and me language. In the process, we yield to the truth within ourselves—and become more honest.
Today, I will be aware of communicating clearly, specifically, and directly.
Quoted from the book Touchstones.
Healthy communication can be a struggle for even for healthy relationships. When we are learning new communication skills that we may not have had in our past. Direct communication is one thing we can all work on. It lets us be heard, it lets us hear. Direct communication means listening and hearing. It sometimes means asking if we are not clear on what has been said.