Solidify your perspective, or change it, by really hearing what people have to say.
As chiropractors, how we think about health is often in contradiction to the interventionist models that dominate our culture. There is a tendency for many of us to only enjoy listening to people that hold similar perspectives to our own. This self-reinforcing practice is great if we want to have a narrow thought process, but to expand the sophistication of our perspectives it is crucial that we listen openly to arguments for ideas that may be in direct conflict to our beliefs or opinions.
One of the greatest communication tips that was taught to me early in Chiropractic College was regarding how to handle a disagreement. What I learned, and have found to be very successful, was when disagreeing with someone’s viewpoint, be sure to listen long enough to be able to argue their point back to them...LOGIN TO READ THE REST
In the second quarter of each year our office spends time exploring different communication tests to help understand our different communication styles. Sharing our results in our weekly meetings has created an enhanced awareness about each other’s tendencies and preferences. By acknowledging the very different personality traits and communication styles we all possess, we can remove some of the annoyances inevitably experienced while interacting in the workplace.
Years ago, while reading a book on social styles, it struck me that there is no one single style that predicts success. What does predict success, however, is the ability to move smoothly and effectively between the different social styles that people possess. Communication and self-awareness are at the root of optimizing this ability in yourself. One of our favorite personality quizzes can be found at... LOGIN TO READ MORE