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No matter how well you know someone, you can’t read their mind, and they can’t read yours.
Being able to kōrero (talk) openly about our whakaaro (thoughts) and feelings, and communicate our boundaries, is key to great relationships. It stops assumptions being made and people being misunderstood.
Think of healthy communication as a two-way street. Both people in the relationship take turns speaking and listening to one another. This helps strengthen relationships, avoid misunderstandings, and helps people deal with conflict. It also helps people to talk about tricky or difficult stuff with one another.
Communication can be hard, but the more we kōrero (chat), the better at it we get!
Healthy communication involves kupu (words) AND actions.
When you need to kōrero (talk) about something with someone, it can help to let the other person know that you want to chat because you really care about them and your relationship.
While what we say and how we say it is important, we also need to think about how we act in conversations. We can say a lot without using any words at all. Our reo ā-tinana (body language), facial expressions and tone of voice can all impact the conversations we have with other people.
In any conversation, people will often flip between the roles of speaker and listener. After all, that is what healthy communication is all about - both people having their say, and both people being heard.
Click through the flip cards below for some pointers on how to ace being a great speaker and listener!
Check out some ways to get conversations going with people you care about: