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Here’s Why You Need to Cultivate the Habit of Traveling

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Traveling has innumerable advantages. One of them is to build leadership skills to lead people effectively.

Traveling is taxing for some people while it is exciting for some people. It depends on the mindset of the people. Those who are lazy don’t appreciate traveling. They appreciate staying in one place to enjoy their life. On the other hand, those who appreciate a lively life enjoy traveling immensely. Traveling is very good as it helps people come out of their comfort zone, see new places, and meet people with diversified languages, cultures, and habits. It helps people understand and respect others’ cultures, languages, and food habits. 

It provides a broader perspective of the world, promotes tolerance, and enhances empathy. It helps lead life effectively. It also promotes fraternity and brotherhood apart from building confidence.

Advantages of Traveling

Traveling helps you discover yourself. It makes you emotionally more intelligent to excel as a leader. Traveling is essential to excel as a well-rounded personality. It helps you plan and organizes well. It inculcates self-discipline. It helps you encounter new challenges and overcome the fear of failures and the unknown. 

Traveling broadens your horizons.  It helps you to be open-minded, offers a break to your routine life, and provides patience. It relieves stress and unwinds your mind. You can make new friends. You will discover your strengths and weaknesses. You can observe the behavior of the people around you. 

Traveling makes you confident. When you travel independently, you learn how to make decisions in volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. You become an effective leader. It is one of the reasons, traveling is encouraged in educational institutions to enable students to see the outside world, understand the practical challenges, and develop tolerance and empathy.

“When I was very young I discovered that, for me, a journey is the best way to learn.” ―Paulo Coelho 

Traveling is a transformation tool. It transforms and provides a new direction to your life. For instance, Steve Jobs visited India as a young man in the ‘Hare Krishna movement’ and spent some time. It provided a new direction to his life. Traveling helps you introspect and reflect on your life. It opens new areas to explore. Many great leaders traveled and learned new things. They transformed themselves. If you look at Buddha, he traveled widely and transformed himself and the people around him.

When you travel, you come out of your comfort zone and think more because you have to manage your time and finances. If you go with a group, you learn to get along with others and develop team-building skills because you have to coordinate with the team members. You organize and plan well. You adapt to new environments. You observe different people and their practices and start respecting them. You become a risk-taker and a better decision-maker. You encounter setbacks and failures and become resilient. You think creatively to come out with innovative ideas. You look at commonalities and ignore differences. You excel as a global leader. 

Learning and Leadership

There are many ways to learn such as by observation, experience, reading, reflecting, teaching, training, and traveling. Learning is not confined to the classroom alone. It is beyond books and the classroom. Some writers travel and write by observing nature and people. When you look at Paulo Coelho he traveled and authored a book, The Alchemist based on his experiences. Travelling provides a clear view of the world, and for some people, it unlocks their creativity to write books based on the happenings around them. There are travel writers who travel extensively to author books.  And to become a travel writer, it is essential to be passionate about traveling, have an inquisitive and open mind. The travel writers must also have a healthy body, an observant mind, and the ability to express in words easily. 

My Experiences in the Indian Air Force

I had the privilege of traveling along with the eminent dignitaries in India in MI 17 helicopter when I served in the Indian Air Force. I traveled to several parts of India in MI 17 helicopter, met diversified people, and learned various cultures and habits. It helped me empathize with them and respect all people. I traveled to thick forests in North East India, hot deserts in Rajasthan, and frost-bound heights in the Himalayas. 

I got habituated to inclement weather conditions and built a healthy body with great stamina. My mind also became healthy as I interacted with diversified people in India. Traveling helped me improve my attitude, personality, and behavior. I started leading in the armed forces. Then I realized that to travel is to lead. 

If people don’t travel, they live like frogs in the well. Hence, it is essential to cultivate the habit of traveling at a young age itself to enable the youth to grow with empathy and tolerance. To summarize, people need to travel to come out of their comfort zone to see the beauty of nature and understand diversified people in the world. To conclude in the words of Aldous Huxley, “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”

Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is the Father of “Soft Leadership” and the Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He is an International Leadership Guru with forty years of experience and the author of fifty books including the award-winning ‘See the Light in You’ URL: https://www.amazon.com/See-Light-You-Spiritual-Mindfulness/dp/1949003132. He is a C-Suite advisor and global keynote speaker. He brings a strategic eye and long-range vision given his multifaceted professional experience including military, teaching, training, research, consultancy, and philosophy. He is passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others. He is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine. He trains a new generation of leaders through leadership education and publications.

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
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