Secrets To Communicating With Women
Advice For Men
By Genie Joseph, PhD
How do you develop the skills and the art of communicating with women? Here are some skills to start you off, to improve your communication success dramatically.
The quality of communication in a relationship is a direct reflection of how well things are going in the relationship. Good communication leads to better connection. But in my experience men don't understand the art of communicating with women as it is quite different than communicating with men.
When both people feel heard, they feel more connected to their partners and are less likely to seek out other sources of “being understood." This means that improving your communication skills with women needs to be a top priority to build and maintain a healthy relationship.
Communicating With Women
Sometimes men think they need to have the perfect words to say to their woman. But what women often need is just a good, present listener.
Women are often good talkers, what they want from you is to be a good listener. Women want men who make them feel like they are being listened to. Listen deeply to what she is really say beneath the words.
If she is complaining, you don't need to solve her problem. She probably just wants you to understand her feelings. She is looking for compassion about what she is experiencing, not for you to solve the problem. Unless she specifically asks you for advice, refrain from giving it.
Instead, listen for the emotions driving her story. And if you don’t know what emotion she is feeling, you can ask a simple question.
“Wow! That sounds awful. How did it make you feel?"
Just by showing her empathy and compassion you will help her feel better. Don’t get caught up in the details of her story. Just learn to track her feelings!
You can talk, but first just listen to her. Wait till she stops talking before you speak -- that is always better and less frustrating when communicating with women!
The Art Of Communicating With Everyone
People who are good at communication have an easier time in life. This is because most of their interactions are either friendly, productive, or connection building. Some people seem to be born with these skills. The rest of us can learn to develop them.
Good communicators are good listeners. They don’t interrupt. They don’t interject. They don’t make snide comments about what the other person is saying. They refrain from the temptation to be sarcastic. Let her finish her thoughts without throwing a curve ball. If you want to improve your communication skills and be someone who people like to talk to, become a better listener.
Being a good listener doesn’t mean that you say nothing. You just choose your moment to say it. Your partner wants to feel that you are engaged and connected to their words. This means that your body language is focused on them, and you not doing other tasks, texting, fidgeting, or looking elsewhere. Eye contact shouldn’t be staring or unblinking but should match the intensity or degree of connection your partner prefers.
Eye Contact And Body Language
When it comes to eyes, some people prefer more direct eye contact than others. Western cultures tend to value direct eye connection, and Asian and other cultures prefer more fleeting meeting of the eyes. You will know what your partner is comfortable with by observing because they will show you with their behavior how they want to be treated. By watching carefully how your partner uses their eyes, you will learn what her preferred style is.
Watch two girlfriends chatting. Even if you can’t hear their words, you can see their body language. They are probably very focused on each other, maybe even facing each other. One is talking, and the other adds little auditory cues like “ah huh," “yeah" “um" or other little sounds that mean without saying it: “I’m listening, go on, what you’re saying is interesting." Without these cues, the talker will not feel as if the other person cares to have them continue.
Use Open-Ended Questions When Communicating With Women
To keep communication dynamic and engaged, ask her open-ended questions like “How was your day?" rather than closed questions, which have only a yes or no answer. If you ask: “Bad day?" you might get a “yes," or a “no," and then the conversation comes to a grinding halt. Open questions require more lengthy answers, and this invites more back and forth conversational momentum.
Reveal something about yourself and your feelings if you want to move the conversation out of the polite and trivial realm and into a more connected zone.
Layering in personal information should be a give and take. It is not about you dropping excessive personal details like a bombardment. It should be like pouring a bit of cream in a cup of coffee. Each person has a kind of “just right" zone for how much they want to hear, and too much is too much.
Learning the art and skills of communicating with women will leave you feeling more enriched. When you have a good conversation with your partner, you both feel more uplifted because it feels like a true connection. This is what everyone wants to feel from the person they love.
As humans, we all crave real interactions and genuine connections. Healthy couple’s communication lifts our spirits. So if you want to be happy, and make your partner happy, practice your listening skills and see how much it improves your communication with each other.
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