Communication is the foundation of connection. Every word you say and every movement you make is the way you project yourself onto the world.

Think about the last time you communicated …consider it was just moments ago. It was the tone you used on a phone call or the eye-contact you made with a stranger; the phrase you posted on your Facebook status, or the laughter you shared with a friend.

Cultivate Connection 

Mishaps in communication occur when the value for dynamic perspectives is lost. We all have a different story, and we each view the world from a subjective lens. To communicate effectively —whether through words or actions —is to honor the space between all of our perspectives, to listen to others with integrity and to share from a place of intention.

Tony Robbins said it well: “To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”

Your view on life could actually give someone else a really fresh look on their own, and vice versa. Hear someone, by fully listening, before you decide to add in your input. Too often, we have an idea of what we want to say or what we want someone to hear, so what we end up hearing is our own voice, not theirs.

Open up your body language and your words to interpersonal communication. Use all of your senses to hear from others, and do the same to share from your heart.

Clear communication is a practice. Notice the way you use physical delivery to interact with those who you are close with, and those you don’t even know. Do you keep your body open when you’re in a conversation, or do you cross your arms in front of your heart? Do you smile when you meet someone new, or gaze at that person with an heir of judgment?

Begin practicing being more aware of how your physical and verbal language is landing, and commit to a path of connection and growth.