Keys to Family Communication
Wednesday, May 25
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Faith Baptist Church
Effective communication is key to healthy family relationships, yet today’s family spends precious little time talking.
TV, computer and electronic games have replaced conversation. Talking is a lost skill, but an important one.
The Faith Family Resource Center will feature a program Wednesday which will highlight secrets to great communication – How to tell people anything you want and have them respond with understanding.
Emotional Word Pictures allow us to present our point of view by using visual images or stories. This method of communication causes the listener to use both sides of the brain to comprehend your point.
For example is, if a child is involved in sports, try using sports themes to explain concepts. The key is to lock into things that are important to your spouse or children.
Emotional Word Pictures help the listener focus in on the story. Using stories causes communication to come alive.
Dealing with a teen? Tell them a story. Use an illustration that is important to them.
Let’s say someone is being critical. Help them by illustrating how their criticism makes other feel:
“You’re getting ready run a marathon. You are in great shape and you have great shoes, great energy, great mental state.
“Just as you are about to start the marathon, someone comes to the starting line and makes you put a backpack filled with bricks on your back. You struggle the rest of the way. That is what criticism does to a person.”
Another way to provide input is to “Sandwich.” Start with a true compliment. After the compliment – add a bit of instruction. Complete the communication with another compliment.
There are more tips provided by Dr. Gary Smalley Wednesday, May 25 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children’s programs will be held the same time. Call 401-0846 if you need babysitting.