Clear, calm and thoughtful communication is crucial.

In my business and life, I often find myself in situations where clear, calm, and thoughtful communication is crucial. In fact, all communication should be this way. However, particularly in your business or work, remembering to be reflective and not reactive is very important in order to maintain your integrity and connections. This is especially true when working on a project or event together.

So, what do I mean by being reflective and not reactive? It means taking a pause before responding to someone either in person or through written communication. This allows you to take a breath and really decide what the most important response is, instead of shooting off a reactive message that can inflame a situation. A thoughtful response is a mindful one where you pause and have an awareness of how you get triggered and the tools you need to move past the trigger and disempowering behavior attached to it. That way, you will not send your negative issues to the person you are collaborating with.

Show respect

When communicating, it’s important to show respect for someone’s time and energy. This can mean writing or saying thoughtful and detailed information so you give the complete picture of a situation. Additionally, it’s essential to ask others what their time and energy boundaries are and then respect them. Communicate a clear plan to the other party, taking their needs into account if you are working on organizing something together. Adhering to agreed-upon schedules and guidelines helps ensure a sustainable and positive experience for everyone.

Timely, prompt and transparent

Moreover, in professional collaborations, be sure to be timely, prompt, and transparent with your communications. This is how you can maintain your integrity and gain respect from others in your field.

It can be really frustrating when working with someone if they don’t get back to you in a timely manner or they don’t listen to your needs. Furthermore, reactive and biting responses in communication only serve to cause issues in a working relationship. Be very thoughtful when communicating in writing, as sometimes what you think is humorous or sarcastic can come off as flippant or bratty. It’s hard to read someone’s true emotions in written words.

Detail and commitments

Pay attention to detail and follow through when working with someone on a project. Stick to your commitments and respect the time and needs of whomever you are working with. If they say something is important to them, don’t dig in your heels and act defiant about following through on their needs if you don’t feel it’s important. If they asked, it means it’s important to them. Small details that are missed can add up and make a big difference in the final project and may add stress to the other party.

Collaborating with your horse

The principles of clear communication and organization extend beyond our human interactions and into our relationships with our horses. When collaborating with your equine partner, it’s just as crucial to pause and respond thoughtfully, rather than reacting impulsively. Taking a moment to breathe and assess the situation before giving an aid can make a world of difference in your horse’s understanding and willingness to cooperate. Additionally, being timely and prompt with your aids, respecting your horse’s needs and boundaries, and paying close attention to detail in your riding and groundwork can foster a deeper, more harmonious partnership. By approaching your communication with your horse in the same mindful, respectful and organized manner as you would with human collaborators, you’ll create a solid foundation of trust, respect, and mutual understanding that will elevate your riding experience to new heights.

In conclusion

Clear communication and organization are the cornerstones of successful collaborations, whether you’re working with fellow equestrians, entrepreneurs, or even your own horse. By cultivating a mindful, respectful, and detail-oriented approach to communication, you can build strong, productive relationships in all areas of your life. Remember, the way you express yourself and interact with others not only reflects on your professionalism and horsemanship but also directly impacts the overall success and fulfillment of your equestrian journey and entrepreneurial endeavors. So, let’s commit to being thoughtful, timely, and transparent in our communication, and watch as our partnerships – both human and equine – flourish and thrive.