How to Improve your Communication Skills?
Communication skills are very important not only in business but also in personal life.
For example, if you want to improve your business relationship with your partner or your boss. So, you must master the things that make you feel comfortable expressing yourself and others.
You can improve these skills by using communication strategies that are tactics of how to talk to people effectively, listen to others and show respect through communication.
Below are some actionable steps which can help you in improving your communication tips:
1) Listen while the other person is speaking-
People desire to be heard. Rather than drafting your reaction, pay close attention to what the other person is saying. To avoid misconceptions, seek clarification. The person who is speaking to you right now might be the most significant in your life. One communication at a time is another crucial point. This means that you shouldn’t send a text message or reply to an email while you are on the phone with someone. The other person will be aware that she is not receiving your whole attention.
2) Know Who Is Listening-
You must understand the audience you are speaking to and determine the language they will be able to comprehend. For instance, you shouldn’t use informal language when speaking with a senior or a fellow employee. Additionally, you shouldn’t presume that the other person would comprehend your usage of acronyms. Be aware of your listener.
3) Cut short the extra part-
Practice being brief but specific in both written and verbal communication so that the other person can grasp what you are trying to express. Additionally, while writing an email response, make sure to read the full email before you respond. With enough repetition, you will become adept at not droning on or providing way too much information.
4) Be mindful of your body language-
Without using words, body language is a powerful technique to communicate and still make an impact. Maintain positive body language during video conferences and in-person meetings by maintaining an open attitude and eye contact. The other person unconsciously interprets this, and their body language likewise changes for the better.
5) Communicating directly –
In many organisations, lines of communication are established, with numerous unnecessary people disseminating the messages. This fails when there are too many people, as we know thanks to the Chinese whispers game. Just talk to the individual you want to directly.
6) Maintain a cheerful disposition –
Keep a cheerful outlook and smile. Smile even when you are on the phone since it will show that you are happy and the other person will notice. People will react favourably to you if you frequently smile and project positivity.
“Communication is your ticket to success if you pay attention and learn to do it effectively.”
— Theo Gold.
Therefore, always make conscious efforts to improve your communication skills, you will go a long way!
Stay Awesome. Stay Productive.
– Divas Gupta