The Aretha Franklin movie was just released so it seemed a good time to revisit the idea of respect, especially how it impacts your communications. Actually, every day is a good day to revisit the need for respect, so here we go.
Respond to messages, emails, text, and calls promptly. Prompt replies show respect for the other person’s time and efforts in reaching out to you.
Engage in active discussions, in writing and verbally. Listen carefully, read every word, and provide thoughtful feedback.
Share details, as appropriate. Keeping others in the dark does not give you any more power; on the contrary, it denigrates any respect others may have had for you.
Put down the electronic device. Give your fully focused attention to others in the room during a discussion or meeting. Show respect by actively listening when others are speaking.
Enrich others with your knowledge. While initially this sounds a bit pompous, in reality when you are open to helping others learn what you already know, they will develop a respect for your giving nature and for your level of expertise.
Communicate clearly. Avoid jargon, clichés, and vague references that might not be readily understood. When you speak and write using simple words and clear, succinct terms, others respect you for your communication skills and for your consideration.
Think positive. Speak with a positive tone. Write with a positive focus. People respect professionals who are upbeat and who see possibilities.
Respect is earned. Show respect to others – consistently – and you will earn their respect in return.
Words have power. Are your words working for you?