Being able to communicate well is a very valuable personal asset. It’s why when I was in college the lecturers encouraged us to have a presentation session for every student in almost all subjects. However, the communication skills are not for presentation only, but also help you in job interviews, arguments, and may situations. So, here we are going to describe the 3 simple steps to develop good communication skills.
Your Guide to Develop Good Communication Skills
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”
Step 1: Get to Know the Basics of Communication Skills
The Definition of Communication
Communication is the manner of transferring or sending messages (can be in the form of visual, verbal, or signal) between a sender and a receiver by way of various methods. The methods of transferring a message can be in the form of spoken words, written words, or nonverbal cues. The communication is also the tool to build and reshape relationships.
Be Confident in Delivering your Messages
In order to be confident in delivering your messages to the receivers, know what to say and make sure it’s meaningful in the conversation or presentation. So, before having a conversation or presentation, learn the opinions, comments, or feelings that you are going to say. So you will be able to speak fluently and you understand what you are saying. Commonly, someone would hesitant to speak as he or she doesn’t believe his or her options would be meaningful to the others. However, something is meaningful to someone may not be to the other and may be more so to the other person.
Practice How to Communicate Well
You can start developing good communication skills by practicing with simple conversations or speaking practice in the front of a mirror while assessing your performance. The more you practice every day, the more capable you are speaking in the front of the public or any professional work that requires a lot of communication. If you were not get used communicate professionally before, you need time to refine your communication skills. But take into account that, if you want to develop good communication skills, take every opportunity of communication and be willing to build partnerships.
Step 2: Engaging Your Audience
When you are in a face-to-face conversation, look at the eyes of the person with whom you are talking. Making eye contact in a conversation encourages your counterpart to interest in you.
The technique to make a good eye contact with a one to many communication is by purposely focus at one of a listener’s eyes and then move to someone else.
Making gestures means moving your hands, face, and some parts of your body in tune with your voice. Make some littler gestures for a small group and larger for a larger group.
If you are delivering a positive message, make a smile facial expression. But if you are delivering a negative message, make your forehead frowned.
Take care of your body language as it says so a lot more than what you’re saying. So, standing relaxes with relaxed hands your partner or audience would perceive you are approachable and willing to hear their words.
Commonly, hunched shoulders and crossed arms make an impression of disinterest in the conversation. In many cases, a communication can be suspended by a certain body language as it tells the partner you are not willing to talk.
On the other hand, convenient gesture and an approachable stance can make a difficult conversation flows more steadily.
Attitudes and Confidence
Show serviceable attitudes and confidence. Your attitude in a communication can make an overwhelming influence on the ploy you behave yourself and interact with your partner or audience. So, decide to be optimistic, patient, honest, sincere, accepting, and respect your partner or audience. Be susceptible to their feelings, and have a positive perception of their competence. To improve this, learn the persuasive communication method.
Be a Good Listener
If there is a time when your partner speaks in a communication, listen carefully to his or her words. So, besides you speak effectively, you are also capable of listening effectively. By listening to your partner’s words in a conversation helps you avoid misunderstanding.
Step3: Using Effective Words
One of the most important points to develop good communication skills is to pronounce your words clearly, correctly, and avoid mumble. When your partner or audience asks you to repeat the words, try to explain using the other words which are easier to understand. By speaking the words correctly, the people who listen to you will assess your good competency. Don’t use a word that you are not sure the meaning. Use your insights in the communication and add your vocabulary and make a better understanding of its meaning and how to pronounce them.
Choose the Right Words
To develop good communication skills, knowing and understanding the meaning the words and idioms you would like to say is very important. So, you can start learning a new word and its definition every day to improve your vocabulary. Then, take it into a daily conversation with your partner either formal or informal communication.
Your partner or audience would not get clearly what you mean in your speech if you talk in a hurry. So, prepare the right time to speech and it can help you speak freely.
Reinforce Your Voice
A loud voice is not necessarily having the authority. Actually, often a high voice of a person in a communication is perceived as an aggressive partner and they would not take you whole-hearted. So, make some speech practices regularly in your room to lower the pitch when you are talking. Singing is also a good practice to master the pith control but reduce the octave on the level on every song you sing.
Liven Up Your Voice
Don’t be monotone in your speech but make your voice use enthusiastic. In other words, it’s what we call as a dynamic voice. You can do it by raise and lower the pitch of your voice periodically but speak at a convenient volume. Adjust the number of people you communicate with and the area of the room where you are talking.