Communication skills

Tips for Improving Communication Skills 

Communication is needed from the first day of life. Developing lifelong communication skills is useful both in the professional field and in everyday life. But how? There are countless courses that offer you improved public speaking skills, but what about simple intercommunication, which is no less important? Each of us is different, with one easily and naturally interacting, while for the other it might be hard to even say hello. You can improve your communication skills by following some simple tips that will allow you to be more open and possibly even successful in your work environment!

Body language

You may be worried or the conversation might otherwise be uncomfortable for you, but it can be hidden by controlling your gestures and movements, and your position towards the other person. There is no room for lies in body language, because these signals are transmitted unknowingly to others. By being aware of the manifestations of your body, you can control the situation.

Remember to make eye contact when speaking or listening!

There is no need for continuous eye contact, however, looking into the partner’s eyes will indicate your interest and make the partner more interested in what you have to say. When looking into eyes, try to focus on one eye, then the other. This will create a spark in your eyes and make it less difficult to maintain longer eye contact.

Use gestures!

Hand gestures are used to make the conversation more relaxed. The larger the audience, the wider the gestures should be. Including small gestures in the conversation will occupy your hands so that they don’t have to be crossed or in pockets, and will draw the attention.

Speech and content

Make sure your speaking speed is not too fast!

Have you noticed when worried, a person speaks much faster than in other situations? If you are worried about the conversation, take a breath and slow down the speech slightly. This will allow you to regain control of your body and feel calmer. Even if you are not worried but talk fast, your listeners may not be able to keep track of the information and lose interest.

Structures the content!

If what you say is chaotically structured, even the most attentive listener will quickly lose interest. One of the ways to present your thoughts in an orderly manner is to start and conclude with the main factors. Starting with the most important, you will attract attention. Conversely, by concluding with the main point, you will draw the interlocutor’s memory of what has just been discussed.

Simple, but worth remembering

Listen to your interlocutor!

Sometimes it is valuable to listen more than you speak. Listening and hearing the opinions and thoughts of those around you will allow you to engage in conversation more effectively. In addition, your interlocutor will certainly notice that you are listening, and that can help you to gain confidence and possibly learn more, which will strengthen your relationship and enhance communication skills.

Don’t interrupt!

Listening to someone who speaks is to pay attention to him and his content. Likewise, not interrupting will certainly put you in a good light as polite and respectful. It is impossible to gain respect and attention from those around you if you are not showing it yourself. So don’t interrupt others and they won’t interrupt you!

Get to know your audience or the people you need to meet!

Alexander Graham Bell said, “Preparation is the key to success.” [1] Can’t disagree with him! You will feel more confident in any life situation if you are as well prepared as possible, but it’s especially important in the work environment. If it’s a performance or meeting someone for the first time, take the time to find out who these people are. When speaking to an audience, it’s important to at least know what industry or profession you are talking to. This will make your message more relevant and more engaging. Also, when it comes to meeting new clients or partners, it is advisable to prepare beforehand. It will lessen your anxiety and promote more effective contact!

There are many theoretical pieces of advice that can help you improve your communication skills, but it will be most valuable to just practice communication! Remember that your interlocutors and audience are just people, so treat them as yourself and do not underestimate any opportunity to communicate and build quality communication with others!

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[1] https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/alexander_graham_bell_387728

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