I was a Business Development Manager in corporate America for almost two decades. Early on in my career, I had a boss that was a total butt head.
He was an egotistical micromanager, just the kind of manager a young, self-sufficient, go-getting sales person thrives under…yeah right.
I could not stand his condescending nature and his ability to continuously provide unsolicited advice drove me nuts.But, I have to fess up. Out of all the rotten things he said and did, this guy actually gave me one piece of advice that stuck with me to this day.
He approached my desk abruptly one day after receiving an email I had just sent out to him. “Kim” he huffed. “If you ever want to be treated as a professional and taken seriously in your industry, then you have to proof read everything before you send it out.” I looked at him in confusion and he suggested I reread my latest email.
As I scanned over the note, I began to feel my cheeks start to heat up. Punctuation, spelling and grammatical errors covered the page. I looked up at his glaring gaze and reluctantly apologized. It was hard to admit it, but he was right for once.
I quickly realized that not only would I be judged in business for my grammatical skills, but also my ability to communicate effectively. I began vigorously reviewing every email, letter and proposal for errors before they were sent out. And to this day, I check all my written communication at least twice before hitting send. In fact, I will likely have read over this newsletter a minimum of three times before it reaches your hands. This is one good habit that I can attest to old cranky pants.
Flash forward 25-years and here we are with the most advanced technology that catches all our grammatical and spelling errors and makes you look like a linguistic brainiac. And it seems, now more than ever, our ability to communicate has been reduced to grunts with a smiley face and a poop emoji.
Take my 13-year old daughter for instance. She was texting back and forth a million times with her friend to make plans to do something. After a series of about 20-messages, she delightedly told me her and her friend were going skating. “Great”, I said. “What time are you going?” “I don’t know,” she replied. “Where are you meeting?” “I don’t know.” “Who’s taking you?” “I don’t know.”
“So you’re telling me you spent all this time texting and you have no idea the details of your plans?” “Yes.” I looked at her texts to get a better understanding and all I saw was poop emoji, poop emoji, smiley face. Now I get it.
I believe that technology has taken away our ability to express ourselves effectively and diminished our capability to have our point received successfully by the recipient. We hide behind our screens shooting off messages with no opportunity to read the emotion behind the memo unless we slap a frowny face next to our sad intentions.
Valuable communication is a muscle we need to consistently exercise in order to be understood. It takes constant practice and repetition with real live people to advance our skills.
This week’s FREE 19-minute Hatha Yoga Class, Yoga for Effective Communication, is all about voicing your thoughts and feelings eloquently. Through postures like bridge, plow and shoulder stand and the HAM mantra, we will open up our throat chakra to clear our voice from blocked energy.
Yoga with Meditation Mutha is for everyBODY. Please join me in this opportunity to bring balance to your throat chakra, so you can communicate effectively. Enjoy!
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