Healthy relationships require effective communication between all parties involved and for communication to be, in the remote sense, considered effective it has to break through the barriers of misunderstanding, misinterpretation as well as misrepresentation. It is important to understand that when we communicate we not only share ideas, and facts but also our feelings and attitude. Whenever we fail to communicate our thoughts, we often rob of others the opportunity to reevaluate a situation and ultimately the chance to a fresh set of ideas. If faced by such a gridlock, deploying a communication coach would be a smart place to start.
The communication coach is charged with the responsibility of facilitating and improving interactions between individuals by maximizing communication avenues and minimizing barriers. The most important focus of any coach is to facilitate learning of new skills as well as upholding new behaviors with the intent of achieving professional and/or personal growth. A good coach should be able to bridge the communication gap that deters mutual exchange of information, further threatening to diminish the possibility of understanding and respect among individuals.
Determining the underlying challenges with regard to which areas of life one needs to improve or assistance with, will enable you to devise a plan of action that directly addresses such. If you are struggling in expressing your opinions, ideas in a way that warrants positive results, a communication coach would be able to tailor specific result-oriented steps. Whether your intention is to inform, sell, motivate or to instill discipline, effective communication is the baseline. Making sure that your message is specific and complete every time or most of the time ensures that disambiguation and misunderstanding is largely avoided.
Creating a climate that encourages others to feel at ease is more likely to help in the sense that one will not shy away from asking for clarification or more information on those things that they do not feel adequately prepared to tackle. The communication coach should not only be approachable and friendly, but also he should exude an air of down-to-earth personality that promotes positive interaction. An in-your-face harsh attitude will only make others very resistant and unreceptive. In such an environment, not much progress is likely to be attained.
For any coach to be successful in their field of expertise, they should exemplify credibility, objectivity and be knowledgeable. Competence in ones area of work is greatly perceived as a virtue that draws others towards the path so self improvement. Therefore a knowledgeable coach needs to be believable, admirable and inspiring in a way that will cause others to act. More importantly, starting off with clearly stated goals based on the specificity of each unique situation goes a long way in helping deploy a strategic pathway towards success.
It helps to constantly reevaluate our goals, have a clear outline of how we intend to reach them and the actions we are willing to take to ascertain we get there. An "we are in this together" attitude is a better approach than "you are in it alone". Do not hesitate to seek help, if and when you need it. Remember if you do not communicate your needs, fears, frustrations or even your strengths and ideas, it will be almost impossible for anyone to get through to you and your world.
Lastly, it is very important to remember that not all coaches are made equal. Choosing one that suits your personal needs or in the case of an organization, one that is a good fit for your organization's vision and mission is key to achieving valuable positive outcome with a lasting impact. Remember self improvement, requires a whole lot of effort from the person seeking it in as much as it does from the communication coach that is willing to undertake that noble challenge.