How to develop the art of communication.
Communication is vital in the modern world. It has been simplified to the extent that a person in India can be on a video call with people from USA, Australia and Argentina at the same time. Humanity has well and truly entered the digital age.
A person’s communication skills will always set him apart from his counterparts just because he can convey the message his competitors find difficult. So many people in India dread communicating in English. For so many people communicating fluently is something they dream of doing.
Be it English or any other language, it only takes a few primary principles to master the art of fluent communication.
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Make communication a priority:
Making communication a priority should be your number one agenda. It is pretty easy to do that. We have to learn from everyday experiences. We have to read a lot of books, good newspapers and magazines, and dedicate some time every day to improve our handle over our vocabulary.
You can also ask people to mentor you, correct you when you make mistakes and this in time will help you improve your communication skills. Youtube is another free platform through which you can learn almost any language and communication skill.
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Simplify and stay on message:
Use simple, straightforward language. Trying to use complicated and difficult words may seem like you showing off how well versed you are in a language, but actually, you are just confusing your audience and thus will lose their attention.
The entire point of having good communication skills is for people to listen to you. Remember that Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was 286 words, about two minutes long. Some times keeping it simple is the right thing to do and almost always it works wonders.
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Engage your listeners or readers:
When you are conversing with people or giving a talk to an audience, it is important for you to engage with your audience. Encouraging them to ask questions, introspect about the topic you are talking about, will get their attention.
When you manage to get your audience attention, it means that you have successfully had a conversation with them. Even when you are writing, engaging your readers by giving them something to think about other than what they are reading also means that you will be a good communicator.
You need to learn to be outspoken to capture the attention of your audience. You can’t afford to shy away from talking to people. Here’s what you need to do to be more outspoken.
Take time to respond:
When you are conversing with someone, take your time to respond appropriately. Listen to what the other person is saying and process everything that is being said. Once you have understood what the other person is talking about, draft what you want to say in your head and say it to yourself.
Once you have done that and it sounds good in your head, then say it in front of people. Talking about something without fully understanding the topic is considered disrespectful. When you take time to respond, you not only are giving yourself a moment to understand better, but you are also giving yourself a moment to talk better.
When you are having a conversation with someone, you should never lose control over your emotions. Losing your cool mid-conversation will never help you achieve what you intended to. Here’s what you need to do to control your emotions.
Make sure you are understood:
You should realise that a conversation happens between two people. If you have given yourself a moment what the other person is saying, give the other person some time to understand what you are talking about. When you have a calm conversation like this, chances are the entire conversation will go through smoothly with you also getting what you want.
If the other person doesn’t understand what you are talking about, then try rephrasing and clarify to them what you are talking about. When you put in this much effort calmly, it is bound to give you the desired results.
To be a good communicator, you need to be humble enough to take into context what the other person is saying. Being humble will also earn you respect which will further help you capture the audience’s attention. Here’s what you need to do to maintain humility.
Develop your listening skills:
A good communicator is someone who can talk well but can listen even better. A person who has good listening skills always take their time to respond. When they take time, they give themselves time to process what has been said and to process what to reply.
A good communicator has to be a good listener because if you expect people to listen to you, then you also should be ready to listen to them. While listening, you should always listen without judgement and never think about how you want to respond to them. think about how you respond only after they have said what they wanted to say.
Body language is important
Studies show that 65% of all communication is non-verbal. Watch for visual signs that your listener understands, agrees or disagrees with your message. And be aware that your body is sending signals, too.
To capture the attention of the audience good body language is a pre-requisite. When you have good body language and understand the audience’s body response to what you are saying, you will be a much more effective communicator.
Maintain eye contact
Whether speaking to a crowd or one-on-one, maintaining eye contact builds credibility and demonstrates you care about your listeners. When you show your audience that it matters to you if the audience is paying attention or not, through eye contact, the audience will automatically start paying attention to you.
Maintaining eye contact also shows that you are not afraid of saying something and you know facts about what you are talking about, and thus will exude confidence when you maintain eye contact.
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Respect your audience:
Recognize your message is not just about you or what you want. You should sincerely care about the needs and the unique perspectives of those to whom you are communicating. One of the best ways to show your respect is simply by paying attention to what they say.
You should also have the courage to stand up and talk about what you truly believe in. Here’s what you have to do to be more courageous.
When you respect your audience, the audience in turn is bound to respect you. The conversation you will have when everyone is respecting each other will be positive and will never derail or go off-topic.
With strong communication skills, you’ll master the art of having difficult conversations, make your ideas heard, negotiate a salary increase or promotion skillfully, and make a strong impression on everyone you meet.
The general public also will trust and listen to a person with good communication better than a person with no skills, because of the obvious fact that you are a good orator.
Communication skills will boost your resume and you as a product because having good communication skills is one of the basic qualities of a good leader.
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