We often find ourselves talking before we have finished listening and thinking. I talked in an earlier post about active listening, not thinking about our reply until we’d heard what was being said. This follows on from that. Now you have heard what has been said, PAUSE, think about what was said, BREATHE, plan your reply in your mind, INHALE AND EXHALE slowly, reword what you want to say to make it perfect, to give it the exact meaning you want. REPLY.
This idea combined with active listening will help reduce miscommunication and the arguments that can often be associated with it. It gives you time to give a calm and measured reply. Time to be sure of what you are saying, that you have put your emotions clearly into the words and that you have responded to what the other person said.