5305 Green Timing

When you use timing, that is right for the other.

 

 

 

When we communicate, we often focus on what we want to say. Yet, people need to be ready to listen to our message. You may phrase your message perfectly yet be rejected, misunderstood, or ignored just because your timing has been off. When you have something urgent for you, it may not be the best timing for the other. Timing influences how the receiver reacts to your message.

You may phrase your message perfectly yet be rejected, misunderstood, or ignored just because your timing has been off. Timing influences how the receiver reacts to your message.

Definition

DEFINITION

Green Timing is when you choose to communicate at the time when the other person is needing, willing or able to communicate. This can mean time of day, having the content available when the other one needs it or even sequencing the message over time if that is better for the other person. Conscious communicators choose the timing so that the other person is most receptive to it.

Benefits

BENEFITS

+ Ensures your message is received.

+ Shortens the needed time for the conversation.

+ Fewer misunderstandings, friction and conflicts.

+ More effective communication and collaboration.

+ Better productivity and time management.

Challenges

CHALLENGES

- Empathy. It is difficult to know when is the right time for the other.

- Procrastination. Waiting for the perfect timing might be an excuse for not taking action at all.

- Impulsivity. When you act without thinking, the timing will most likely not be optimal.

- Conflicts. Bad timing can be a source of frustrations that lead to dysfunctional conflicts.

Skills Needed

SKILLS NEEDED

+ Empathy skills ability to understand the other person’s feelings and needs.

+ Contextual intelligence, ability to read the moment.

+ Patience, to wait for the right moment.

+ Courage, to ask about others’ preferences to talk.

Instructions

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Empathy

Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and reflect on when they would like you to communicate with them.

2. Context

Reflect on the context and think about what would serve the situation and the other the best.

3. Ask

Find out if you don’t know when they would prefer to communicate.

4. Plan

Agree with the other or make a conscious plan for the communication situation.

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SMART WAY

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