Optimize communication with Active Constructive Responding

Active Constructive Responding (ACR) is a powerful communication skill that can promote positive emotions and enhance the quality of your relationships when you show more interest, support, and enthusiasm for other people’s good news. You’re using ACR effectively when you:

  • Provide authentic, enthusiastic support
  • Are curious and encourage the person to share more details
  • Match the person’s excitement and uplift them further

To gain the benefits of ACR and improve communication, use the worksheet below to reflect on what enables you to use ACR and then build strategic habits to use it more often. The first part of this worksheet explains four different responding styles people typically engage in when hearing someone’s good news. Later on, you’ll explore what could cause you to engage in these responding styles with the important people in your life.

Published on: July 3, 2024

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