There are so many things in our life, from work to romantic relationships, that require us to be an effective communicator. Try these 5 tips and you may begin seeing the results you’ve been searching for!
1 – Always Get The Clarity You Need
The key to every conversation is clarity and understanding. Effective communication comes from entering the conversation knowing that you’re objective is one of the following:
Once you know which one it is, then your focus will become clear, resulting in a more confident form of communication.
2 – Stop Talking & Listen
I can’t stress this enough: knowledge is power. The more information you know about where the other person is coming from, the more informed and confident you will be when you respond. This is important for being a good communicator because without it, you’ll be less likely to engage and offer an informed mindset. Don’t just hear them… really listen.
3 – Take Note of Your Body Language
This is something I’ve been working on for a VERY long time. It’s difficult for me because my body language can often signal what I am really feeling, even if I am not vocally saying anything. I know I can’t be the only person that has to deal with this on the daily.
Believe it or not, but your body language and position can actually produce chemical triggers within your body that’ll give you more confidence when speaking. With confidence comes a better sense of credibility from the person you are communicating with.
4 – Less Is More
I tend to keep it as brief as possible. Most people have a short attention span, so I try to keep my responses and insight brief and straight to the point. The more long-winded you are, the more likely you may begin to ramble or lose the point you’re attempting to make.
5 – Practice Practice Practice!
Look, this is really hard. But if you practice this every day, I assure you, you’ll get better and more confident with your communication skills over time. Pay close attention to how you’re speaking and whether you’re listening… this takes practice, but it’s so worth it!
If you take the time to truly embrace these five tips… you’ll be a better communicator in no time!