Communication is a key skill that you use every single day of your life. Not only is it important for your personal life, when meeting friends and family but it is also important for your work-life as well.
If you worked as a lawyer at the anchor law firm, being able to communicate effectively to your clients is a key skill. If you are a sports instructor, communicating is important when coaching your team.
The first step of improving your communication is to be aware of it, by being aware you can actively try and improve your communication skills. Improving your communications skill is very easy, simply follow one of the four steps below.
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Body Language Matters
When communicating with someone, the way your present yourself matters hugely. Through certain motions in your body, you can easily present yourself as a happy person, or negatively present yourself.
By presenting your body language in the wrong way, you could be saying something positive but it comes across the wrong way as people may assume you mean it negatively. Once you are thinking about your body language, there are many ways in which you can improve it.
Using The Tone Of Your Voice
As with your body language, the tone of your voice compliments this and helps you communicate in a better way. Excitement is easily shown through the tone of your voice, but so is sadness or when you are being sarcastic. Spring is the best time for self-improvement, so why not take this moment to work on your tone of voice and use it in the correct scenarios.
Listen Before You Speak
Interrupting people as they speak is a problem many of us have – if you find yourself doing this, you are not alone. One way to improve your communication is to listen intently before you speak and actively try not to interrupt the person speaking. Not only will this allow the conversation to flow better, but you will also benefit from having listened more to what they have said.
Who You Are Talking To Matters
The person you are talking to matters greatly. You should always try to adapt the way you communicate depending on the person you are speaking to. After all, you wouldn’t speak to the doctor the way you would speak to your friends. Or the time you first met your partner’s parents, you would communicate differently until you get to know them.
Overall, there are many ways to improve your communication skills from listening before you speak, to adapting to the people you are speaking to. As mentioned above, try to actively think about one of these methods when you next meet someone and see if you feel like you have communicated better. If you are a public speaker and want to work on your speaking in front of people, you could look at downloading an app to help you.
Have you tried to improve your communication skill recently? What tips can you recommend to help people improve their communication skills? Let me know in the comment box below, I would love to hear from you.