How Do You Improve Your Communication Skills?
Effective communication skills are key to one’s development and progress. Without effective communication, you will begin to lag behind in many aspects of your personal and professional life.
If you want to improve your communication skills, here are some important tips to follow:
Let’s admit it, from time to time, we all struggle with this. Try to understand what the other person is saying and feeling. Pay attention, be patient with them and do not interrupt. Not only is it rude to cut someone off, but it makes it more difficult to understand what they are trying to say. Wait until they finish their thought, then provide your feedback.
We often don’t realize the significance of our body language. After all, our actions speak louder than our words. Your facial expressions, eye contact, and gestures reveal everything – even if you do not utter a single word.
It is important to:
- Always maintain eye contact when talking to someone
- Use open body gestures
- Monitor your facial expressions and tone of voice
I recommend for my clients to educate themselves on the different non-verbal communication skills that are significant in different countries, cultures, and societies. For example, the handshake is considered rude in some countries; whereas, it is a common practice in North America.
Read and Write
In order to improve your verbal communication skills, you should try to read and write as much as you can. Read books, the newspaper, blogs or anything you find interesting, as a way to increase your vocabulary and improve your writing skills. Similarly, watching TV shows and movies can also help improve your communication skills.
Asking questions helps clarify information that may have been misunderstood otherwise. Not to mention, it shows that you are interested and engaged in the conversation at hand. Moreover, it can also help someone overcome their fear of small talk.
Social stress can be a major impediment to effective communication. Luckily, there are ways you can learn to manage it. Use humour in your conversations, stay calm, exercise regularly, and drink lots of water.
The ability to communicate with people clearly, concisely and coherently takes years of practice. Hence, it is important to incorporate the above-mentioned steps into your routine as soon as possible. Not only will they help you to improve your communication skills, but they will also improve the quality of your personal and professional life.
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