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7 Ways for Mastering the Art of Effective Communication

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What is effective communication?

Effective communication is defined as verbal speech or other means of communication that lead to getting your point across. Effective communication is how we interact and communicate in every aspect of our lives. It is our ability to say the right thing, at the right time. For example, being able to make several people think the same way; regarding a collective decision. It’s how one of your friends who plan most of the activities can get everyone to the same place, at the same time.

 

Are you a bad communicator?

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Before we dive into how to become an effective communicator. If you find yourself doing a lot of the following, you may need to sharpen your interpersonal skills.

Continuing to interrupt someone who is talking to you:

Be patient with me a little. I know we all want others to listen. We all want to get our point across. And most importantly, we want to be understood. But if you find yourself interrupting someone who talks to you all the time; Then you are not listening to him enough.

Doing more than one thing while talking to someone:

Many of us are good multitaskers, which isn’t a good thing if you’re communicating with people. When you try to do too much while you’re having a conversation of any kind, then you don’t really care what other people say. Not focusing is a bad thing.

Incoherent verbosity:

I know many people I work with who do this frequently. And honestly, I always worry about having to talk to them. And the worst thing is that though there are many words that come out of their mouths, they do not point to anything that can be understood. So much so that I become even more confused after they answer a question I put to them.

Not saying what you want to say directly:

Written reports and emails are fine, but if you can get your thoughts straight to someone, it’s much more effective. Why should you send a lengthy email, if you can pick up the phone and put the same information into just two sentences?

You always talk about yourself.

We all like to relate things to our own experiences. As this contributes to strengthening the bonds of affection between us, and helps us create a sense of participation and good company. If you always personalize your conversation with someone by linking it to a similar situation in your life; Then people will see you as someone who thinks everything is about them. So don’t be that person.

Your ears aren’t working as they should.

If you did not listen well to the words of others; You will not be able to correctly answer one of their questions. To be a good communicator, you have to make sure you understand what other people are telling you. If you don’t listen to them with the intent of listening, you will only get part of the big picture from them.

You have bad body language.

The importance of body language is well documented. If you do not look at the one who is speaking to you, it will seem to him that you do not care what is being said. This is what would lead people to believe that you do not care what they say to you, or that what they say is not very important. Permanently crossing your arms and not looking into the eyes of those who speak to you; is some other example of bad body language.

 

Can you improve your communication skills?

The simplest answer is: yes, of course you can improve your communication skills. It takes some work and effort to improve or change anything in your life, but you can get it done. You have to focus on the starting point and the goal that you have set for yourself. If you are not a good communicator now, and you want to be able to give a motivational speech to a large number of graduates, you better start working on it.

On the other hand, if you are managing fairly well, but want to be able to improve your relationship with your spouse or boss, by being able to master effective communication; You may just need some guidance and practice.

Either way, if you want to master effective communication skills both personally and professionally, it will take a little bit of work and effort. Doing so will benefit you in many ways.

How do you master effective communication skills?

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Generally speaking, mastering effective communication skills will help you in your personal and professional life. So let’s take a look at how to improve your verbal and written communication skills and body language. It will help you make better relationships everywhere you are!

Learn to listen:

Talking is only half of the communication equation. So hone your listening skills so that you can logically process what the other person is saying. To then be able to respond to it in an informed manner.

Create eye contact:

Regular eye contact with someone while you’re having a conversation shows that you care about what they’re saying. When you look at the floor or at the window, it gives the impression that you don’t care.

Ask some questions:

When you ask someone a few questions, you can then get a full explanation of what they are saying, ensuring that you get the whole picture. So if you don’t fully understand what someone is saying, ask them a few questions.

Watch the body language:

Pay attention to your own and other people’s body language.We all know that if we’re having a conversation with our arms crossed the whole time, it sends a bad signal. So keep your body language open when you’re talking to someone. On the other hand, if you see that the eyes of the person you are talking to have become excited and confused while he is talking to you, it is best for you to close that discussion.

Speak with confidence:

Sometimes this point is easier said than done. But if you communicate in an open, direct, and clear way, it will show people that you are confident in what you are saying. This does not mean that you should always be right, but presenting your ideas with confidence serves your cause.

Wait a bit before you show any reaction:

There have been times when I would read an e-mail that I had just received, and it triggered an immediate reaction. And I’m not talking about a positive reaction here. My least effective methods of dealing and communication were; It is the response to that message with a message harsher than it. But as I became a more effective communicator, I paused for a while before responding. This is true of verbal situations as well.

Over Communicate:

You might think that if you tell someone something, it will end there. is not it? Well, it’s not that simple.

I don’t mean you have to tell the same person 10 times in a row. But since there are so many things that distract us from our work these days, it’s generally a good idea to emphasize something you’ve already spoken about several times, if that’s necessary.

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In short, having effective communication skills is something that will benefit you greatly in your work and home alike.

At work: This will help you in your career in many ways. Good communication with your boss leads to an even and solid working relationship. It also enables you to articulate clearly what is required of you to do your job well. You will be able to share your vision and strategy with your manager and others.

Good communication is an inherent need in roles that relate to managing and leading others. Fostering a climate of efficient communication leads to a fantastic work environment.

As for at home: Having effective communication skills will help you reach the kind of relationship you want with your partner. You will be able to speak frankly and openly about your feelings. It will also enable you to articulate your wants and needs in a way that your wife can understand. Your wife will then feel your support and understanding, which is a wonderful feeling to give her.

Also, the ability to resolve conflicts through effective communication skills is amazing. So see how you can master effective communication skills at work and at home, in order to have more satisfying relationships at all stages of your life.

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