How to adapt in the face of adversity

What is adversity? What does it have to do when it comes to communication? When we look at adversity in communication it typically takes the shape of our perception of "how clear we are" or in other words, the likelihood that we expect to explain something once we have spoken or communicated.

When we face a challenge we tend to look back and evaluate our past experiences to see if we have a frame of reference for how to overcome the obstacle that is in front of us. If we fail to find something relevant we seek to associate our predicament with something that is easier to relate too. When we look at communication we see the same conclusions being drawn. We tend to try and understand our situation and then address the expectations that we set for ourselves and if we feel the need, do so in a way that reflects our perception of the urgency that again, we infer from the multitude of factors that we interpret in a snap.

This leads us to not let our message develop. This leads some of us to jump in and clarify, even if there may not be a need to do so. Insecurity in our delivery leads us to question or second guess the way we get to our main point and that is something that we can develop, especially by evaluating what we have done traditionally speaking, and what we can do differently on an individual level looking ahead.

Confidence in our approach is paramount in developing better and more adaptable communication. Knowing where we excel and what we can do differently will give us options when it comes time to actually face a challenging communication event. These options are the tools that will lead us to be more comfortable in the unknown and more dynamic and capable of being confident in our own value as a communicator.