In the world we live in today, communication is very vital for the survival of individuals and nations. We have to interact with different kinds of people daily. It is therefore expedient that we strive to improve our ability to communicate effectively.
In this article, I will be sharing some tips on how you can improve your communication skills. You will find them interesting and easy to apply.
You will improve your communication skills if you:
1. Speak audibly and clearly
People should hear you clearly when you speak; they do not have to strain their ears in order to do this. You can train yourself to be more audible when you speak so that people can hear and understand you better.
2. Maintain eye contact
You must learn to maintain good eye contact with people when you communicate with them. This must come with a lot of control, too much or too little of it may be interpreted wrongly by the other person. Maintaining good eye contact helps you to pass your message across effectively and helps you to gauge the participation level of your audience.
3. Listen to understand
Most times the major problem with communication is that we listen to respond and not to understand. Sometimes we already have our responses; we may not wait for the other party to finish talking before we throw out what we have to say. It is important that when you communicate with others, you pay very close attention to what they are telling you.
4. Do not interrupt people when they are talking
Good communicators know how to give others enough time to talk without interrupting them. A lot of times, you may be tempted to interrupt people while they are speaking to you. Learn to wait till the other party has finished speaking before you say what you have to say.
5. Pay attention to body language
The ability to properly read and interpret body language is key for effective communication; notice body positioning and facial expressions. When we speak with people, there is a lot that happens non-verbally. From body postures, movements, facial expressions, you can tell if the other party is actively engaged in the discussion.
6. Ask questions to gain clarity
As much as you can, try not to assume that you understand what the other party is saying. There will be occasions when you won’t understand, so ask questions! Ask questions that will help clarify the intention of the other party.
Communication is one skill necessary for survival in this information age, so you must strive daily to improve on your ability to communicate effectively with people.
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