8 Tips to communicate more effectively in personal relationships:

Communication and joint problem solving are paramount to successful relationships and no more so than in personal relationships. Some strategies to improve communication include:
1/ Be diplomatic - always remain open to communication and negotiation.
2/ Make sure you know what you wish to communicate - if you want your partner to understand, be clear in your own mind.
3/ Try not to blame your partner for problems - accusations are unhelpful.
4/ Offer support and encouragement.
5/ Use phrases like “I feel...”, “I would like...” - instead of statements about your partner.
6/ Listen to what your partner says - hear them out and do not interrupt.
7/ Find a time to talk about relationship issues when you can have their full attention without other disturbances.
8/ Ask your partner to confirm that you have understood them correctly rather than attacking them for what you think they have said.


If you would like some more communication tips, please see our Family and Relationships Counselling ebook.