10 Ways to improve your communication
Communication is arguably the most essential part of every aspect of your life. So, it goes without saying that understanding how to be a good communicator can be crucial to your success in every aspect of your life as well!
Unfortunately, communication skills are also one of the most neglected tools in a persons toolkit attributes in their relationships, professions and in their everyday lives.
So, if communication is a hurdle in your life, follow these tips to help you right now to be a better communicator.
There is almost no greater tool in your communications toolbox than being a good, active listener. Don’t just smile and nod, really listen. Don’t interrupt people and try to maintain an open mind about what they are saying.
2. Make Eye contact
It is crucial to the first point in helping you listen deeply to what the other person is saying.
3. Stop using unnecessary conversation fillers
The ‘ums’ and ‘likes’ are something that can break down communication very quickly. Pay close attention to when you use these filler words/sounds and try to break yourself from doing it. Taking a moment to collect your thoughts when you feel as if you are going to use them will go a long way to improving your communication skills. Embrace the small pause!
4. Watch your body language
You are constantly communicating with others, even if you aren’t saying anything, through your body language. Often non-verbal cues can reveal more than you might think. For example, crossing your arms might indict you have cut yourself off from communicating with the other person. Subsequently, make sure you are watching the other person’s body language to see if they are engaging in the conversation as well. This can help you to notice if you might need to reengage them or might show that you are not communicating well with them.
5. Respect what others have to say
Not stepping on the toes of the other people in your conversation will go a long way to improving your communication skills. Not interrupting someone helps them better communicate with you, too. Additionally, time is a precious commodity, so giving someone the consideration for giving some of their time to you will also go a long way to improving your communication skills.
6. Put away all the other distractions
If you are constantly looking down at your phone or at a computer screen, there is little chance that you are paying close attention to what the other person is saying.
7. Have a script for certain situations
If you have difficulty communicating in social situations, try having scripted things to talk about in situations which might come up regularly. Then you are less likely to be nervous and thinking about what to say and can better focus on being a good communicator.
8. Speak with confidence
Not only should you work on speaking clearly and confidently but you should have confidence in what you are actually saying by believing in yourself. If you believe in what you are saying and have confidence that you know what you are talking about, you will be able to communicate more clearly and better than if people have difficulty understanding what you are saying.
9. Stay Positive
Maintaining a positive attitude when trying to keep the bridge of communication open. If you shut down (or the other person begins to shut down) communication is effectively shut down as well.
10. Keep it short
Keep in short in that you should ramble on and on. Cut to the chase and make sure you get your point across as efficiently as the situation calls for.