As a family who spent almost every weekend camping and boating and riding motorcycles, I celebrated most Easters in the woods (after all -- we had a long weekend with Good Friday as a school holiday). We continued this tradition with my own boys, so hunting (and hiding) Easter eggs became much more challenging out in a forest, and I’m afraid we broke the “leave no trace” rule with a few too-hard-to-find eggs. But after a rigorous hunt, my boys loved opening the Easter eggs to see the candy inside (always non-chocolate items that would not melt during our travels). Opening the egg to discover some jelly beans or bubblegum or Jolly Ranchers made the hard search totally worth it. I hope you and your family find great “treasures” in your Easter eggs this weekend, and in honor of Easter weekend, today’s blog is about what you might find in a basket of communication eggs filled with effective strategies. Note -- Please forgive my goofy Easter connections. I just love a good theme!
Hop to it! - Be willing to connect to others by initiating a conversation. Start with a simple greeting and move on to ask open-ended questions. Research shows that we communicate more effectively with those we connect with, so be the first one to start the connecting.
Get egg-cited! - Approach all communication experiences with a positive attitude. Work to find value in every communication opportunity.
Hunt for good eggs! - Find ways to encourage and support your co-workers through texts, emails, hand-written notes, and face-to-face. We all need recognition for our successes!
Be all ears! - Work on active listening. Take away all distractions, remind yourself to listen, reserve all judgement, and find a way to first respond to what was said before you share your own ideas.
It’s do or dye time! - Spring is a great time of new beginnings. Make a commitment to find ways to communicate more effectively. You can start by reading some of my previous blogs.
Again, I’m so sorry for the silly puns, but I hope that you can use the strategies found in my communication eggs. I promise that working to improve your communication will be even more rewarding than finding candy in your Easter eggs!
etc Strategies wishes you all a very Hoppy Easter!!! (I couldn’t resist!)