15 Communication Tips You Can Use For An Easy Thanksgiving

Shifting gears for today's post. 

I usually write about business communication.

Since most of us in the US won’t be working on Thanksgiving, we’ll have to communicate with relatives and friends.

Damn, it may be easier to go to work!๐Ÿ™

Here are 15 quick tips to help make your day festive and enjoyable.

Bookmark this post, as it will come in handy for the entire holiday season!๐Ÿ˜

1. Forget previous holidays, discussions, disagreements, and conversations. Go in with a clean slate and an open mind that you will have a fabulous and relaxing day.

2. Close your mouth. Not every comment or question requires an answer. Silence and a smile are powerful. In other words, bite your tongue. This leads me to…

3. Use the phrase, “Isn’t that interesting?” If Uncle GrouchAF drops some off-color remarks, recite these three magical words. “Isn’t that interesting?” neutralizes most conversations. This phrase is a verbal dead-end. ๐ŸšทSay it, smile, and be quiet. 

4. Make everyone feel special. This means staying off your phone (except for a few pictures/selfies, of course.) Send the message that what's happening in the moment is more interesting than your phone.

5. Hang with the kids. This can bring levity to the day. A glass of wine may help, too. 

6. Look on your own plate. My family has been affected by an eating disorder. The holidays can be stressful as food is the focus. Don’t comment or encourage others to eat more or finish everything. ๐Ÿฝ

7. Take a walk. Invite someone special, or the entire group, for a lap around the block. The dynamics will shift. The fresh air can feel rejuvenating. Prerequisite: Peel yourself off the couch. 

8. Keep a few friendly and neutral small-talk starters in mind. Be ready to drop one in if things get awkward or tense.๐Ÿคฆโ™€๏ธ

9. Pass on being a “topper.” When Cousin Fred is bragging about his week in Florida, let him have his moment. Don’t chime in that you just returned from a free month in Bermuda because you were the No. 1 sales rep.๐ŸคŸ

10. Be nice. Gossip often rules at family gatherings. Steer clear of petty BS. Don’t say anything behind someone’s back that you wouldn’t say to their face.

11. Avoid touchy subjects. There is a lot of angst out there with news, politics, money, and everyday life. You don’t know what's happening in other homes, marriages, or relationships. Focus on positive topics so you avoid being judgmental or stuck in a pity party.

12. Cite three good qualities of another guest who you dislike. Think of these traits before you join the crowd. You'll get rid of old baggage and have a more relaxing day. 

13. Offer to help. I love how the best conversations happen when loading the dishwasher or taking out the trash. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

14. Communicate your gratitude. Regardless of how the visit goes, thank your host for their efforts and invitation.

15. Watch for content ideas. Sure, you’re off-duty. Still, if you pay attention, you’ll probably uncover some nuggets for your content. It may be a phrase or interaction that piques your interest. Connect it to your expertise so there's fresh content for videos, posts, and reels. The key is to make a note in your phone or journal as it happens. Speaking from experience, you’ll never remember it. ๐Ÿ‘€

If you think your Thanksgiving may be rough, consider what the Pilgrims had to endure. You’re good.

โ–ถComment below with your favorite tip from this list...or add your own!


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