Last week we looked at balance as the first principle of Interpersonal Wellness. We saw balance as being necessary to keep us grounded and focused. Balance as a foundation from which we stay grounded. We also confirmed that principles are life laws that when disregarded lead to consequences either good or bad. This week we will focus on principle number two which is Responsible Communication.

As we know, communication is one of the most vital skills we have as humans. It is imperative that we use such an important skill responsibly. When we fail to practice responsible communication, we are faced with serious consequences such as break down of marriage, work, friendships and community relationships.

Responsible Communication is important for us to function well in groups and relationships. This requires us to be aware of our social settings and the appropriate communication for that setting. It means we will make every effort to communicate in a manner that is respectful, hospitable and clear, even when we don’t feel like it. In addition to this, we will assume the responsibility to repair any harm that has been caused by our communication. This will ensure that we maintain a good measure of social wellness.

The next time you think about responsible communication I would suggest that you think with clarity and intention as well as think of how you can ensure you are understood and received positively. If things go wrong, remember it is your responsibility to explain yourself, listen to the other persons point of view and apologize for the misunderstanding. It goes a long way to making people feel better and for ensuring lasting interpersonal wellness.

I would love to hear your stories on how you are practicing responsible communication. Share your experience below.

About the author

Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Speaker, Author, thought leader, and the world’s leading expert on the Wellness Competency Alignment concept to improve and measure wellness behaviours in organizations. Joyce is President & CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. for over 25. She is Founder of the Global Workplace Wellness Summit and What’s Happening at Work podcast. Joyce is the author of six books. She has Founded and leads Coach Velocity School of Coaching, an approved program by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is the Publisher of Faces of Workplace Wellness Magazine. Joyce is a C-Suite level workplace wellness expert and corporate trainer driving inclusive workplace wellness strategies for organizations globally. She can be reached at phone 1 877 999-9591 www.interpersonalwellness.com

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