In last week’s blog post, we talked out principles that apply both in horsemanship and in leadership, they are: relationship, communication and leadership. Today we will look at communication and for that we will continue our interview with Michael Alway from Alway Horsemanship.
Question – Michael: how do horses communicate with each other?
Answer – “Horses communicate through body language. You can learn to read a horse by observing them. For example: the way they move their ears, tail, eyes etc. and things like licking and chewing, that way you can learn what they mean.”
Question – And how do you communicate with your horse?
“I communicate with horses using body language. Body language is the universal language. Horses are masters at reading and understanding it. If we learn to master it, it can become subtle, elegant communication! Body language plays a vital role with my horse because it is the way I communicate at a distance! They understand if I am pleased or not, if I want more or less energy, what direction I want them to take, etc.”
It is interesting to see that you can apply these aspects to the way we communicate with others: I have studied that non-verbal communication is responsible for 60 to 75% of the impact of your message. Body language is important not just in public speaking but also in everyday conversations. Through a better understanding of body language, you can tell if someone likes you or not…you can also know if someone is telling the truth or not.
In today’s world of electronic communication, when we text or e-mail, we lose the personal touch and is harder to connect. Through body language you can express your feelings.
In conclusion, body language and eye contact play a key role in how people perceive one another and we can use them as powerful communication tools.
Question – In addition to body language, do you use any other communication tool with your horse?
You can also communicate through feel – we can get a feel of the horse, a feel for the horse and feel them together. This is the physical connection as well as the mental and emotional connection that we can feel together.”
I would like to relate what you just said with the power of praise: it is amazing what words of affirmation and encouragement can do. Mark Twain once said: “I can live for two months on a good compliment”. How often do we say – “you did an excellent job” to our coworkers or to our children? Try it, you will see results right away…
Encouragement means to inspire courage! We must recognize the positive and the negative impact that our words can have on other people.
In the upcoming workshop “Horsemanship and Leadership – making the connection” we will discover leadership lessons found in the art of horsemanship. With demonstrations and practical exercises with real horses, we will help you become a better leader in any area of life. You will also be able to see firsthand the power of praise and effective communication through body language and feel between man and horse.