When you feel inspired to make suggestions, concentrate not on your own need to make them, but on the other’s need to hear. Wait even then – months if needs be – until you perceive in your partner a readiness to hear what you have to say. J.Donald Walters
One of my heroes Keith Raniere told me once that sometimes we can be so eager to say what we have to say, that we don’t take into account the other person’s readiness to hear it. It is something that I have always remembered. Some of Keith’s heroes are people who knew all about communication and leadership.
In both business and personal relationships, often times we do not consider how our message may affect the other person, and are blind to the possible effects.
So before you broadcast your message, whatever that may be, take time to reflect on your audience’s readiness to hear it. Empathy and understanding build better relationships, in business and in life.