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How To “Hack” Human Communication 101

I’ve been failing at human communication for 26 years now, so I think I’m more than qualified to talk about this.

Over the years, I have pulled countless communication doozies. I have wiggled my way around questions, nodded my head when I should have shaken it, said “yes” when I mean to say “no,” refused to ask for help, failed to give compliments, and I hated saying “sorry.”

I started getting a little better each year since 2011, so I’m improving. Here are six communication “hacks” from those past six years:

1. When you don’t understand something, say:

“I don’t understand.”

People will explain again.

2. When you don’t agree with something, say:

“I don’t agree.”

People will respect your opinion.

3. When you don’t want to do something, say:

“No, thank you, I don’t want to do this.”

People will find a way without you.

4. When you want something, say:

“Excuse me, can you help me with this?”

People will be happy to give you a hand.

5. When you like someone, say:

“I like you.”

People will like you too.

6. When you know you did something wrong, say:

“I’m sorry. That was my fault.”

People will forgive you.

I think those are all the communication hacks you need to know. And whenever you apply one of them, do this next:


After all…

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” — Epictetus