Communication 2

Series: Communication
Presenter: Alexander Strauch

This is part two of general principles of good communication. This section emphasizes the importance of identifying ways in which we block good communication and the need to be a good listener and to be proactive in communicating with all parties.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. Why is it necessary to identify your personal weaknesses in communication with your fellow elders and to the congregation?
Misunderstandings cause terrible conflict and frustrate the body of elders and the congregation. Since we are in the communication business, we must identify and correct our failings.
2. Why does effective leadership have more to do with listening than with talking?
People want to be heard. They want to be understood correctly. A good listener avoids many misjudgments and misunderstandings. Never assume you understand the other person. Always ask lots of questions to draw out the speaker.
3. Why does shared leadership demand good communication skills?
Decisions are made as a group. Thus, there needs to be greater clarity in voicing one’s opinion and seeking to understand the opinions of others. Poor communicators frustrate the group.

Discuss It

  1. List two ways that you personally block good communication with your fellow elders and members of the congregation.
  2. What damage is done in elders meetings when decisions must be made and an elder does not speak up but acts as a silent member?
  3. What does the speaker mean by the following statement? “A healthy eldership promotes an atmosphere that encourages everyone to speak up without fear of attack.”

Apply It

  1. Continue the assignment on Proverbs from the previous video. See Assignments under Part 1.