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The Lost Art Of Communication – Rediscovering Human Connection In The Digital Age

Beth Rohani leads the No. 1 moving company serving the Houston Multi-Family Industry and her company is considered one of Top 3 Best Rated Moving Companies in Houston. As a first-generation Iranian-American, former TV news assignments editor and CEO of a transportation and logistics-based business in a male-dominated industry.

 
Executive Contributor Beth Rohani

In the fast-paced world of modern technology, where communication is often reduced to a series of keystrokes and emojis, the value of face-to-face conversations seems to be dwindling. The impact of constant texting, emailing, slacking, and messaging has created a communication gap that can only be bridged by intentional efforts to connect with others on a personal level.

 

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During this technological whirlwind, my company, Ameritex Movers, decided to embrace the power of genuine communication through an initiative known as the "Stress-Free Academy."

 

In this article, I will be revealing more about Stress-Free Academy and a simple guide on how we can effectively create meaningful relationships within the workplace through communication.

 

The Stress-Free Academy, held monthly, provides a sanctuary for my team members to gather, talk, eat, and engage in team-building activities. The primary goal is to foster an environment where colleagues can understand one another beyond the confines of work-related tasks. In a world dominated by virtual communication, this initiative strives to bring back the essence of meaningful conversations.

 

In an era where even family members may find themselves immersed in individual screens, be it video games, YouTube, or iPads, the consequences of neglected personal communication are far-reaching. The opportunity to engage in conversations where individuals physically move their mouths and connect on a human level has become a rare commodity.

 

The importance of real conversations extends beyond the workplace into our personal lives. The absence of tone of voice and the inability to gauge perspective through text messages and emails create a communication void. The Stress-Free Academy recognizes the need for these neglected human interactions, providing a space where my team members can share their challenges and struggles openly.

 

At the end of the day, we are all humans. We all go through the same things. We all have challenges and struggles that we deal with. This acknowledgment forms the foundation for building a solid team unit. The power of face-to-face conversations lies in


the ability to gain perspective, hear the tone of voice, and connect with the human element of each team member's experiences.

 

The impact of these intentional conversations goes beyond just building a cohesive team; it empowers individuals. By understanding what each team member is going through, a sense of empathy and support is cultivated. This shared understanding reinforces the idea that, irrespective of our roles and responsibilities, we are all human, navigating the complexities of life.

 

A guide to meaningful communication within the workplace

 

1. Prioritize face-to-face interactions

In a world dominated by virtual communication, make a conscious effort to prioritize face-to-face interactions. Whether it's scheduling regular coffee breaks with colleagues or organizing in-person gatherings with friends, the richness of in-person conversations cannot be overstated. Aim to have discussions that go beyond work-related matters to truly understand each other on a personal level.

 

2. Actively listen

During conversations, practice active listening. Set aside distractions and genuinely focus on what the other person is saying. This not only ensures that you grasp the content of the conversation but also allows you to pick up on nuances such as tone, emotion, and body language – elements often lost in digital exchanges.

 

3. Engage in open and honest communication

Create an environment where open and honest communication is encouraged. Share your thoughts, challenges, and successes openly, and encourage others to do the same. This level of transparency fosters a sense of trust and understanding among individuals, contributing to stronger connections.

 

4. Schedule tech-free time

Establish designated times during the day or week where technology is put aside. This could be a "tech-free dinner" with family or a "screen-free hour" during a meeting. Removing digital distractions allows individuals to be fully present in the moment, enhancing the quality of communication.


5. Embrace diversity of perspectives

Recognize that each person brings a unique perspective to the table. Embrace diversity of thought and opinion, and encourage discussions that explore different viewpoints. This not only enriches conversations but also promotes a deeper understanding of each other's experiences and challenges.

 

6. Share personal stories

Incorporate personal anecdotes and stories into conversations. Sharing experiences helps humanize individuals and fosters a deeper connection. Whether it's a funny childhood memory or a challenging life experience, personal stories create a shared space for vulnerability and understanding.

 

7. Practice empathy

Develop empathy by putting yourself in the shoes of others. Understand that everyone is navigating challenges and experiencing their own struggles. Approach conversations with a genuine desire to comprehend the emotions and perspectives of those you're communicating with. Empathy forms the foundation of strong, meaningful connections.

 

8. Utilize video calls

When face-to-face interactions are not possible, leverage technology to its advantage. Opt for video calls over text messages or emails, as they allow for a more personal connection. Seeing facial expressions and hearing tone of voice can add depth to virtual conversations.

 

9. Establish clear communication channels

 

In professional settings, establish clear communication channels that prioritize clarity and understanding. Encourage team members to voice their opinions and concerns openly, creating an environment where everyone feels heard and valued.

 

10. Foster a positive communication culture

Lastly, cultivate a positive communication culture within your social or professional circles. Celebrate achievements, support one another through challenges, and create an atmosphere where communication is seen as a tool for building each other up rather than tearing down.


Ultimately, maintaining connections through communication in the digital age requires intentional efforts to prioritize face-to-face interactions, actively listen, engage in open communication, schedule tech-free time, embrace diversity of perspectives, share personal stories, practice empathy, utilize video calls, establish clear communication channels, and foster a positive communication culture. By incorporating these steps into our daily lives, we can rediscover the depth and richness that genuine human communication brings.


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Beth Rohani, Entrepreneur

Beth Rohani leads the No. 1 moving company serving the Houston Multi-Family Industry and her company is considered one of Top 3 Best Rated Moving Companies in Houston. As a first generation Iranian-American, former TV news assignments editor and CEO of a transportation and logistics based business in a male-dominated industry, Beth embraces the stereotypes while inspiring and mentoring others to build a successful business with a balance to live their best life.

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