Communication is defined as the process by which we exchange information between individuals or groups. It is a process where we try as clearly and accurately as we can, to convey our thoughts, intentions and objectives.
Communication is an important facet of life especially today that we are living in an age of information revolution. With good communication skills you are better able to convey your ideas better, start and sustain interesting conversations and expand your social network.
The success of many endeavors hinges on the ability to communicate effectively– if you’re a good communicator, you’ll have better chances of success in life. With good communication skills, you are able to speak to people and convey a sense of self-confidence and credibility which means that you have a higher chance of successfully persuading and influencing people, negotiating effectively as well as inspiring and motivating others.
The importance of communication skills cannot be understated; hence, it is vital that every individual knows how to communicate effectively. I would like to share with you a few tips on how to improve your communication skills, however before I begin with that, I would just want to stress out two things:
1. Communication is a two-way street. To understand what the other person(s) involved in the conversation is saying is as important as getting your point across.
2. Communication often includes non-verbal clues such as tone of voice, facial expression, gestures and body posture.
3 Tips To Improve Your Communication Skills
Think before you speak.
A lot of communication problems arise because of peoples recklessness with words. It is important that you think about what you will say and also clearly understand its implications.
It will also be best if you try to consider and be sensitive to the personal characteristics of the person(s) that you are talking to culture, age, gender, educational attainment and etc. You are likely to convey the right message and impression if use your brain first before opening your mouth and know your audience.
Be mindful of your non-verbal cues.
When individuals speak, they normally do not confine themselves to the words. A great deal of meaning is conveyed by the non-verbal means which always accompany oral discourse–intended or not. In other words, a spoken message is always sent on two levels simultaneously, verbal and non-verbal.
How you say something is as important as what you say so it is important that you pay attention to the tone of your voice, facial expression, gestures and even your posture as they have as much weight in conveying your message as the words that you are actually speaking.
Practice your listening skills.
As mentioned earlier, communication is a two way street. Listening is as important as speaking in achieving effective communication. You will not be able to communicate effectively with someone if you do not pay attention to what they are saying.
Listening means waiting for the other person to finish before stating your views and processing what is being said before responding. This will promote a harmonious conversation and a beneficial communication.
It is important that you take the time to acquire and hone good communication skills as this will open you up to better relationships, more career opportunities, and increased self-confidence. However, you need to keep in mind that new skills take time to refine and integrate within you. Nevertheless, with effort and practice you can develop good, even exceptional, communication skills.
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