How can we communicate authentically and respectfully?
Communication plays a huge role in most, if not all professions.
Professionally and personally, I take communication seriously. I am hard pressed to not take deep note of how body language and words are presented. Since focusing my work away from the interpreting field, and into writing, working amongst creatives, and the performance industries, I have noticed how the communication style various in huge ways.
This presents itself through email, one on one conversations, social events in a crowded room or even just a glance as we pass eachother in the street.
There is no one size fits all in the performance / artistic industries.
The biggest thing we can ever do for each other professionally and personally is to seek clarification when there is a shimmer of confusion or doubt on the intent of a communication, be it verbal or physical.
Especially as a woman, we are in a world today where miscommunication can be the complete break down of a professional / personal experience.
What I wonder at and am theorizing, is how good we are at accepting that someone was put off, hurt or misunderstood by our own intent? How they might have got it wrong, and we also might have communicated wrong?
We can’t get it right 100% of the time, we are human after all. What makes us think that we are above that?
I ask this question not because I seek to create positive and empowering experiences with those I communicate with and I know that I won’t get it 100% right all the time. There is no world in which I will, and I would hope and trust, that those around me would be capable and empowered enough to seek that clarification from me, challenge me and continue to pass me grace for when I didn’t have the words or ways in which they needed.
Personally and professionally, this is what I desire.