I love my work, and having the opportunity to bring clarity and relief to relationships is rewarding. As I listen to conversations, it is evident that we don't hear our voices in our conversations.
I often suggest recording your conversations, especially when you find yourself getting anxious or emotional.
Recordings can be an invasion of privacy if used in the wrong way. I always suggest that the person recording the conversation declares that they are recording it and will only use it for their personal growth and self-improvement. Using this recording in any other way violates your promise of using it only for your growth. Again, do not use this as information against another person. Listening to your own voice after can be one of your best opportunities for development.
A word of caution here. Anyone aware that their conversation is being recorded will shift to make themselves look better. I know I do, but what’s wrong with that?
Recordings offer multiple enhancements to a conversation. All who know they are being recorded will be more cautious and calculated. What’s wrong with that? After all, we are looking for positive exchanges in our conversations. I usually hear this when I make this suggestion. "Do you think I would say what I would normally say if I knew it is being recorded?" You can see how recording impacts what and how we communicate.
“The most important thing in communication is to hear what is not being said.” Peter Drucker
The idea of recording conversations to enhance relationships sounds counterintuitive. After all, shouldn't we focus on listening to others to build stronger connections? While active listening is undoubtedly crucial, there's a fascinating plot twist that can bring significant benefits to our relationships: the act of listening to ourselves.
Recording conversations and listening only to ourselves provides a unique perspective that empowers self-awareness, the ability to identify patterns, and a chance for self-correction. Ultimately, this practice contributes to better communication, empathy, and conflict resolution, all essential elements for building healthier and more fulfilling relationships.
How about you? Could you prosper by hearing your voice in your conversations?
It works for me.
Watch for the blind spots.
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