Now is the time to communicate
Well many of us have been in lockdown for some weeks now, and there is no doubt it has affected us in very different ways. Many people have struggled, and some people are (believe it or not) enjoying it! A recent survey by YouGov poll suggests many people see positives amid the crisis. One thing that is apparent now more than ever is you have to communicate. If you are working or managing remotely, you have to communicate. If you are in isolation and you need to talk to someone you have to communicate. Not communicating isn't healthy; it can cause many issues, including depression and negative thinking. The good thing about communicating is that we can let it all out; it is healthy to let it out. Recently I spoke to a friend who I hadn't spoken to for ages, he just phoned me up out of the blue, and we had a great chat. That sort of spontaneous communication is excellent, and after our conversation, I had a very positive feeling. This encouraged me to ring someone up who I had not spoken to for ages. The positive thing to come from the conversation was I found out about a work project idea which would have never been discussed if I hadn't had an initial discussion. Not the main reason why I enjoyed the conversation, but something very positive to come out of it. Why not take a positive from a negative situation today and phone someone up who you haven't spoken to in ages. It is a very positive thing to do. You never know where it will take you. Ralph Moody is the founder of Target Training and specialises in trainer and management development. You can read more about him here.