Thursday, 20th September 2018
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with breda gardner

The art of communication

Ever since I was elected as a local councillor some four years ago, I have found the art of communication to be tricky and troublesome!

Especially at the beginning of my tenure, I found it difficult to get my point across: some other councillors were very adept at speaking over me whilst I was trying to talk. I found their actions disrespectful - if not downright rude - when they tried to block what I was saying, just because they disagreed with a certain point of view.

But in time, with courage, passion, practice and resolve, I learnt to stand my ground and be heard. Different points of view never get heard if everyone is speaking at the same time!

The ability to communicate clearly with others is a skill that should be taught in every school across the world.

The ability to get your opinion across, to sell your ideas, and to learn the meaning of genuine listening is a priceless skill.

The umbrella term of communication covers many areas, such as public speaking, selling, listening, writing, performing, managing relationships and interacting with other people. It's a vital life skill.

The basic building block of good communication is the feeling that every human being is unique and of value.

One of the downsides of being a politician is that you sometimes have to stand up for the ideas that you believe in, ideas that may be unpopular with others.

It can be very negative to have to point out what is wrong, so I always try and make a conscious decision to say two positives before I go into my heart and speak the truth powerfully and lovingly.

They say that when you really respect people, conversely you will always command respect in your actions and words.

As the Ancient Greek philosopher Plato once said, "Wise men talk because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something.


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