Thursday, May 25, 2017

Brush Up on Your Communication Skills

Many people in recovery find themselves a bit uneasy when it comes to communicating with others without the crutch of drugs or alcohol. In addition, you may have the added pressure of repairing relationships damaged by years of addiction. So how do you relearn to talk to people? Start with these tips: 
  • Be yourself. True friends will need to love you for you, so avoid putting on a false front or attempting to be someone you’re not. Telling lies is never the answer and is a horrible way to establish a solid foundation for a lasting friendship.
  • Make eye contact and smile. Body language is crucial when it comes to effective communication, so do your best to look people in the eye and speak slowly and clearly. And don’t forget to smile, which will show the other party that you’re trying to be friendly.
  • Be sincere. You don’t have to be an expert on a topic in order to offer a warm and genuine greeting. Address coworkers and neighbors by name and ask how their day is going.
  • Pick a mutual interest. Shared interests make for natural conversation starters – for example, if you love to garden and your neighbor has an interest in gardening, too.
  • Stay up-to-date on newsworthy topics. Read or watch the news so you’re at least somewhat familiar with current events. This will give you some ideas to add to a conversation or start a discussion with someone else.
  • Learn to listen. Conversations are a two-way street, so even if you’re excited about the subject matter or feel the urge to interject, it’s important to slow yourself down, pay attention to what the other person is saying and wait for your turn to talk.
  • Practice with someone you trust. If you’re nervous about talking with others, practice striking up a conversation with a loved one or close friend – or practice by yourself by talking to the mirror. Like everything else in recovery, the more you practice, the easier it will become.
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