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Building bridges

„Communicate more with each other rather than talking about each other.“ Alexander van der Bellens New Years-message was very clear: Each of us can contribute to building bridges.

As the new year unfolds, we find ourselves standing at the threshold of significant political crossroads. The decisions looming on the horizon hold the potential to shape the course of our collective future. In times as pivotal as these, effective communication and nurturing relationships become not just important, but imperative.

Let me take you on a journey through the lens of a communication expert and a consultant navigating the complexities of relationship management in the past year. Picture this: a bustling room filled not with chatter about others but alive with the hum of genuine dialogue and connection. That’s the tableau where the magic of communication unfolds.

In a world often marked by discord and division, my work as a consultant has centered on a simple yet profound principle: the quality of our relationships determin the quality of our lives!

One of my experiences involves a group embroiled in opposing viewpoints, each steadfast in their convictions. It was a space charged with tension until conversations began to shift. Instead of talking over each other, they started speaking to each other. Not to win, but to understand. The change was gradual, almost imperceptible at first, but with each conversation rooted in empathy and openness, walls crumbled, bridges formed, and perspectives widened.

In the fabric of effective communication, empathy is the thread that weaves connections. It’s not about who’s right or wrong; it’s about understanding the underlying narratives and the emotions that drive them. Empathy isn’t merely stepping into someone else’s shoes; it’s feeling the contours of their journey.

Building sustainable relationships rests not on the foundation of eloquent speeches or grand gestures but on the bedrock of trust and understanding fostered through meaningful conversations.

Let this be a year where our conversations build bridges instead of walls, where our interactions foster understanding instead of division. Let us collectively weave a narrative of unity through the art of communicating with each other!

Bettina Pepek für kommunikationsraum GmbH | Jänner 2024