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20 Amazing Things Only People Who Have Siblings Would Understand

20 Amazing Things Only People Who Have Siblings Would Understand

Sure, having a bunch of brothers and sisters running around can be annoying sometimes. But, at the end of the day, you know in your heart of hearts that you wouldn’t trade them for the world. Why is that? Because they add so much to our lives. Indeed, there are many things that only those with multiple siblings experience, such as…

1. Car trips are never boring.

When you have a couple brothers or sisters in the car with you, it’s impossible to run out of things to do, even when it’s a trip that lasts five hours or more.

2. Never running out of clothes.

Sure, the clothes might not fit, or they might be a bit threadbare, but you always have a supply of them ready-to-use (especially if you are the youngest child).

3. 24/7 competition.

This is especially true if you are a guy with multiple brothers. Who can play this instrument best? Who can win the most games of basketball? Trust me when I say that you’ll run yourselves ragged trying to find out.

4. Jealousy (that goes both ways).

Whether you’re mad that your younger brother is taller than you, or that your sister can run faster than you, there’s always something that makes you jealous towards one of your siblings. Luckily, there’s usually something they envy about you too!

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5. Sharing everything.

Whether it’s your room, your toys, your video games, your favorite plate, or even your toothbrush, you’re bound to share pretty much everything you own with your siblings.

6. Having support, no matter what.

If you are a bit of a loner in school, or are targeted by a certain bully, your siblings will always be there to have your back and help you navigate the treacherous waters of life.

7. Family pictures are impossible.

Getting everyone looking their best at the right time is pretty much never going to happen when you have multiple siblings. Even when you think you have it, your youngest brother or sister will make some strange face that forces you to start over again!

8. You get to be a pseudo-parent.

If you happen to be significantly older than one of your siblings, you get the joy of being able to teach them about the world in a way that your parents could never do.

9. You will have a lot of acquaintances.

When you have tons of siblings, all of your social networks get muddled together, especially if you are close in age. Even if you aren’t friends with your sister’s or brother’s friends, they’ll know you (and will probably refer to you as “so and so’s brother/sister”).

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10. Getting ready in the morning is an experience.

Most families will have one bathroom for the kids to use, which becomes a major issue when everyone is in school. Good luck figuring out who gets to take the first shower!

11. Food is a precious commodity.

If you weren’t on that box of Cheez-Its the moment your mom brought it back from the grocery store, then you could forget about ever getting your hands on that cheesy goodness.

12. Hiding your favorite snacks was a thing.

You and all of your brothers and sisters had a spot where they hid the good stuff. Luckily, this actually helped to prepare you for college and dealing with food-stealing roommates!

13. Dish duty inevitably fell to you most nights.

You don’t know how or why, but for some reason you were always cleaning the fifty dirty dishes left by your family at the end of the day.

14. Your Converses fit better.

If you were the younger sibling and got your older brother or sister’s Converses, they were usually stretched out and perfect for wearing by the time you got them.

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15. Teachers judged you based on what your siblings did.

Even if you are a saint, Mr. Teacher will always distrust you all because your older brother was the class clown.

16. You had to be a walking encyclopedia.

Whenever someone asked you about your siblings, you were expected to know every detail about their lives.

17. People freaked out when you told them how many brothers and sisters you have.

People are generally amazed if you have more than two brothers or sisters, because it’s pretty rare in this day and age. Luckily, you get to tell them all about what it’s like for the umpteenth time!

18. Christmas shopping makes your wallet cry.

It’s hard enough buying gifts for your parents and friends, but add your several siblings on top of that and you’re looking at a hefty chunk of change! The good part is that you’ll get a lot of gifts in return (that is, if they remember)!

19. Board game nights are filled with drama.

And no, it’s not because of the game itself. It’s because one of you is always cheating, and another is always really really angry that they lost!

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20. You have your own language.

Or, at the very least, you added several strange words to your language’s lexicon that only you and your siblings understand. If any outsiders hear your strange speech, prepare for some awkward stares!

How many of you grew up with multiple siblings? Would you agree that it could be tough, but that you also wouldn’t trade the experience for anything? Comment below!

Featured photo credit: Portrait of three siblings via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on April 11, 2019

How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

Possessing strong communication skills will help you in every phase of your life. This is especially true in the workplace.

I have personally worked with several leaders who were masters of communication. A few were wonderful speakers who could tell a great story and get everyone in the room engaged. Those of us in attendance would walk away feeling inspired and eager to help with what came next. Others were very skilled at sharing a clear direction and job expectations.

I knew exactly what was expected of me and how to achieve my goals. This was the foundation of an energized and vibrant role I was in. What I have found is strong communication skills are incredibly helpful and sometimes critical in how well we perform at work.

Here we will take a look at how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

How Communication Skills Help Your Success

Strong communication skills pave the way for success in many ways. Let’s look at a few of the big ones.

Create a Positive Experience

Here are two examples of how well developed communication skills helps create a positive experience:

When I first moved to the city I now live in, I began a job search. Prior to my first live interview, I was told an address to go to. Upon arriving at the address provided, I drove around and around attempting to find the location. After 15 minutes of circling and looking for the address, I finally grabbed a parking spot and set out on foot.

What I discovered was the address was actually down an alley and only had the number over the door. No sign for the actual company. The person that gave me those very unclear directions provided a bad experience for me.

Had they communicated the directions to get there in a clear manner, my experience would have been much better. Instead the entire experience started off poorly and colored the entire meeting.

As a recruiter, I frequently provide potential candidates with information about a job I’m speaking to them about. In order to do this, I also provide a picture of the overall company, the group they might be joining, and how their role fits in and impacts the entire company.

Time and time again I have been told by candidates that I have provided the clearest picture of a company and role they have ever heard. They have a positive experience when I clearly communicate to them. Even when the position does not work out for them, often times they will want to stay in touch with me due to the open communication and beneficial experience they had during the interviewing process.

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Strong communication skills will provide a positive experience in virtually any interaction you have with someone.

Help Leadership Skills

It’s certainly a skill all its own to be able to lead others.

Being a mentor and guiding others towards success is a major hallmark of great leaders. Another characteristic of effective leaders is the ability to communicate clearly.

As I referenced above, having a leader who can plainly articulate the company’s mission and direction goes a really long way towards being the Captain of the boat that others want to follow. It’s like saying “here’s our destination and this is how we are going to get there” in a way that everyone can get on board with.

Another critical component of everyone helping to sail the boat in the right direction is knowing what your portion is all about. How are you helping the boat move towards its destination in the manner than is consistent with the leaders’ vision?

If you have a boss or a manager that can show you what it takes for not only you to be successful, but also how your performance helps the company’s success then you’ve got a winner. A boss with superior communication skills.

Build Better Teams

Most of us work in teams of some sort or another. During the course of my career, I have led teams up to 80 and also been an individual contributor.

In my individual contributor roles, I have been part of a larger team. Even if you are in business for yourself, you have to interact with others in one manner or another.

If you have strong communication skills, it helps to build better teams. This is true whether you are in an IT department with 100 other fellow programmers or if you own your own business and have customers or vendors you communicate with.

When you showcase your robust ability to communicate well with others while interacting with them, you are building a better team.

Now let’s jump in to how to improve communication skills to help you pave the way for your workplace success.

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How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

There are many tips, tricks, and techniques to improve communication skills. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, so let’s focus on the things that will provide the biggest return on your time investment.

Most of these tips will be fairly easy to become aware of but will take time and effort to implement. So let’s go!

1. Listen

Ever heard the saying you have two ears and one mouth for a reason? If you haven’t, then here’s the reason:

Being a good listener is half the equation to being a good communicator.

People who have the ability to really listen to someone can then actually answer questions in a meaningful way. If you don’t make the effort to actively listen, then you are really doing yourself and the other person a disservice in the communication department.

Know that person who is chomping at the bit to open his or her mouth the second you stop talking? Don’t be that person. They haven’t listened to at least 1/2 of what you’ve said. Therefore the words that spill out of their mouth are going to be about 1/2 relevant to what you just said.

Listen to someone completely and be comfortable with short periods of silence. Work on your listening skills first and foremost.

2. Know Your Audience

Knowing your audience is another critical component to having strong communication skills. The way you interact with your manager should be different than how you interact with your kids. This isn’t to say you need to be a different person with everyone you interact with. Far from it.

Here is a good way to think about it:

Imagine using your the same choice of words and body language you use with your spouse while interacting with your boss. That puts things in a graphic light!

You want to ensure you are using the type of communication most relevant to your audience.

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3. Minimize

I have lunch with a business associate about 3 times a year. We’ve been talking for several years now about putting a business deal together.

He is one of those people that simply overwhelms others with a lot of words. Sometimes when I ask him a question, I get buried beneath such an avalanche of words that I’m more confused than when I asked the question. Needless to say this is most likely a large portion of why we never put the deal together.

Don’t be like my lunch business associate. The goal of talking to or communicating with someone is to share actual information. The goal is not to confuse someone, it’s to provide clarity in many cases.

State what needs to be stated as succinctly as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some pleasant conversation about the weather too.

The point is to not create such an onslaught of words and information that the other person walks away more confused than when they started.

4. Over Communicate

So this probably sounds completely counter intuitive to what I just wrote about minimizing your communication. It seems like it might be but it’s not.

What I mean by over communicating is ensuring that the other person understands the important parts of what you are sharing with them. This can be done simply yet effectively. Here’s a good example:

Most companies have open enrollment for benefits for the employees in the fall. The company I work for has open enrollment from November 1 to 15. The benefits department will send out a communication to all employees around October 1st, letting them know open enrollment is right around the corner and any major changes that year. There’s also a phone number and email for people to contact them with any questions.

Two weeks later, we all get a follow up email with basically the same information. We get a 3rd communication the week before open enrollment and another one 1 day before it starts.

Finally we get 2 emails during enrollment reminding us when open enrollment ends.

There’s minimal information, it’s more of a reminder. This is effective over communication.

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5. Body Language

The final critical component to how to improve communication skills for workplace success is body language. This is something most of us have heard about before but, a reminder is probably a good idea.

When I am in a meeting with someone I am comfortable with, I tend to kind of slouch down in my chair and cross my arms. When I catch myself doing this, I sit up straight and uncross my arms. I remember that crossing arms can many times be interpreted as a sign of disagreement or conflict.

In general, the best rule of thumb is to work towards having open body language whenever possible at work. This means relaxing your posture, not crossing your arms, and looking people in the eye when speaking with them.

When you are speaking in front of others, stand up straight and speak in a clear voice. This will convey confidence in your words.

Conclusion

Possessing strong communication skills will help you in many facets of your life and most certainly in the workplace.

Good communication helps create better teams, positive experiences with those we interact with, and are critical for leadership.

There are numerous tactics and techniques to be used to improve communication skills. Here we’ve reviewed how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

Now go communicate your way to success.

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