How to Conquer Communication Stress?

How to Conquer Communication Stress?

How to Conquer Communication Stress?

Do you have difficult in saying ‘NO’? Is it tough for you to give negative feedback? Do you feel bad after a meeting because you wanted to say something and you missed the chance to say so? Do you find yourself uncomfortable when you are given negative feedback at the workplace? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes’, then you are under communication stress.

Have you ever wondered what communication stress is? When you find yourself in a condition where you are not able to express or communicate with others or you feel restricted in expressing your opinions and commenting upon discussions, it means that you are under communication stress.

Let’s see the causes of communication stress:

  • Lack of Communication: Always try to follow a two-way communication method as it is the best way to convey a message. Because in a two-way method, both parties – the sender and receiver – have a chance to share and speak. Sometimes in organizations, employees come under stress but feel unable to tackle it by communicating about what stresses them. Proper communication is the only key to prevail against stress.
  • Lexicological Differences: We have different cultures, dialects and lexis all over the world. Language is more than just speaking; it’s an expression of the defining, seeing and thinking process. So sometimes lexicological differences can distort meaning and as a result, we come under high stress. Communication removes barriers to meaning.
  • Strained Relationships: Talking, listening and understanding are the ways by which we get to know others and build relationships – both personal and professional. In business relations, a business person and customers bond over sound communication just as is the case in personal relationships. We can solve any possible misunderstandings by communicating with each other – communication can be the glue that holds a relationship together.
  • Insecurity over Career and Job: We all have experienced job insecurity at some point or the other, especially when faced with rumors of salary delays, downsizing and retrenchment. It calls for communication from organizations to remove this stress.
  • Social Introversion: Some people prefer to spend time on their own. They prefer not to be social because they might believe they have undeveloped social skills, are wrong in their opinions, or are not in the right company. To overcome this, a person should develop social skills, should search for the right group as well as have some degree of belief in himself or herself. This reduces stress.

So, there are a number of ways to reduce communication stress but we need to take the initiative to act. By using different methods of communication or by understanding the language or medium of communication, we can really come out of this problem.

Do share your thoughts on the same.

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  • People who are introverted often have great ideas and great social skills too, but they prefer to think things through before speaking out. A smart manager will realize this and create a variety of communication opportunities to get input from all personality types. Likewise a savvy manager will take advantage of having a culturally diverse team and openly discuss the need to understand and utilize different cultural view points. In these situations the manager is key. The individual employee can and should be proactive about improving communication skills and seeking both formal and informal training to improve soft skills. Although “proper communication” is essential–as the author points out–most colleges and businesses skimp on these areas.

  • Great Article & I endorse what Karen says. I use the DISC model as a base for most of my strategic consulting & executive coaching.I have found that understanding the profile of the leader is the best starting point to understand the strengths & susceptabilities in the business & the culture (the way we do things = the way we talk to each other). At CMT International we use a 7 Stage model of business success also founded around DISC but D = Direction, I = Income ,S= Systems, C= Controls. The profile of the owner/leader is normally mirrorred in the business. (Carl Gould – founder of CMT). Thanks to both of you for a stimulating discussion.

  • Someone who is feeling stress and anxiety about communicating, whether at a networking event, a job interview, a party, a key meeting at work, a presentation, may benefit from a simple guided meditation technique called Open Focus (designed by Les Fehmi).

    It’s designed to shift your attention out of a narrow focus, which is where we are when we’re worried about how we’re going to fare in an interpersonal communication situation. If you’re experiencing stress, you may be “stuck”.

    Listening to Open Focus will get you unstuck, and shift your attention to a more open state that produces more synchronous alpha brainwaves, which in turn release stress and anxiety. AND your own ego gets out of the way (worrying about how you yourself will sound, or what you yourself will say), leaving you able to connect with others and to be fully present and “in the flow” of the conversation as it progresses (rather than worrying about what you’re going to say next!).

    Martha Beck apparently recommends Open Focus in her Coaching programs; here’s a link to her article:

    Open Focus helps me, so thought I’d pass it along.

  • Linda Williams

    Lack of Self Confidence is the key problem with communication. It is important to believe in yourself and to know that what you have to say is as important as what anyone else might say. Believe in yourself and trust your wisdom.

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