Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills
November 24, 2017
Communication is easy and difficult simultaneously: on the one hand, all humans are capable of communicating, but on the other hand, being an effective communicator seems to be a real talent. Nonetheless, in the modern-day society, good communication skills are a must, so people who want to achieve success have to discover good ways to communicate more effectively. Fortunately, we know a few good strategies, so enjoy!
Beware of your body language
Sometimes our words just do not sound convincing, no matter how hard we are trying. If you often find yourself in such situations, try to analyze your body language. For instance, saying to your interlocutor that you are willing to hear his/her opinions with your arms crossed may look like you are not sincere. In fact, our body language speaks volumes. So apart from controlling your speech, try not to forget about your body language. During job interviews or at work, always remember that you are conveying some message even without uttering a single word. So how do you do it? Here is a small tip for you: whenever you feel that you can no longer control your body language, think about your toes!
Likewise, do not ignore the non-verbal signs your interlocutors are sending to you. Knowing other peoples’ body language is a crucial step on the way to becoming a great communicator.
Give up the habit of using silence fillers
Various ‘uhms,’ ‘ahs,’ and ‘likes’ do little to make your communication better. In fact, they add nothing but length to your speech. If you want to sound more convincing, stop using awkward silence fillers. Along with that, learn to relax and speak slowly. In most cases, silence seems embarrassing to you, but the others might not even notice it at all.
Create a list of small talk topics
Small talks serve as effective icebreakers, but few people have managed to master this difficult art. If you are not one of them, think of various topics, which you might want to discuss with new people. Your back-up plan can be based on FORD, which stands for family, occupation, recreation, and dreams. These are the spheres of life, which can be discussed safely with most people.
Tell a Story
Having improved your small talk skills, don’t be shy to tell people stories every now and then. This method is more appropriate for long conversations. Stories are good because:
- They are entertaining
- They make your speech more convincing
- They can help make complicated topics easier to understand
Be curious and ask questions
Let’s be honest, we lose the track of a conversation when the other person talks non-stop. Therefore, remember to ask questions and repeat what your interlocutor has just said from time to time. Apart from helping you not to miss some important details, this shows you are interested and ready to listen further.
By the way, this rule is also applicable to small talks. Instead of sharing your own thoughts, just ask questions. Being interested is more important than being interesting.