Authentic communication has gentleness and clarity. No one likes to feel used or manipulated. It ruins the bond of trust. You connect more by being honest and transparent than calculating and shrewd. When you come from your heart, there is no patronizing or public condemnation, no sarcastic jabs or put-downs. Care enough about people to put them first and really hear what is coming from their heart.

Soul is about authenticity. Soul is about finding the things in your life that are real and pure.  John Legend

It doesn’t matter how polished your communication skills are; what makes the difference is how authentic you are. People want to know and feel the real you. You don’t need to be a slick communicator in order to move people—what’s most effective is your authentic expression. It’s said that Richard Branson froze the first time he was asked to give a speech, but despite being scared to death, he was still an effective communicator. Connecting with people is the key to effective communication, and that is done by coming from your heart.

Spiritual Contemplation: Where do you find yourself being a little too caustic and abrasive in your communication with others? How could you back off a bit and become gentler in your authentic expression while still communicating your perspective across?

Affirmation: I come from my heart in authentically communicating with others!