Your ability to communicate effectively will be helped or hindered by your mindset.

Is your mindset fixed or growth?

If it’s fixed, you don’t like being challenged and tend to deny, blame, justify and defend when you are. You see feedback and criticism as a personal attack and either respond emotionally, or dismiss it outright.

If you have a growth mindset, you embrace challenges, welcome feedback as a constructive opportunity to improve and learn, and get curious about understanding criticism.

If you want to improve your communication skills, one of the first things to work on is your mind.

With a fixed mindset, you might know the theory of effective communication, but you won’t be able to put it into practice.

With a growth mindset, you’ll be able to harness new skills to make immediate changes and improvements to your communication style.

How do you move from a fixed to growth mindset?

You make a conscious decision to do so and then reflect this in the choices you make.

It’s as simple and difficult as that.

Leah Mether is a communications specialist, trainer, professional speaker and Director of Methmac Communications.

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