Communication skills are important as it helps us to receive and give messages and informations. Communication skills are vital in communicating ideas and feelings.
Types of Communication skills
- Verbal communication.
- Non-verbal communication.
- Written, and
- Visual communication.
Verbal communication involves the usage of words. Whereas non-verbal communication uses facial expressions, eye contact, gestures and body language.
Written communication is the interactions using written words. For example, letters, email, telegrams, postcards etc… Conveying ideas through visual elements is Visual communication.
Why communication is important?
I believe that the most important life skill is to be able to convey ideas effectively. Communication is the root to transfer messages from one person or place to another.
- With communication skills, we will be able to get better responses.
- Create an impressive professional image.
- Strong business.
- Networking will be simple.
- Better control.
Tips to improve communication
- Tv shows & Movies
- Listen to native speakers
- Practice public speaking
- Conversation fillers
Believe it or not, series and movies are an amazing way to improve communication skills. This way you get your dose of entertainment while learning. I used this technique to enhance my skills. I will come up with recommendations, do look out for it.
Books are valuable if used wisely one could learn a lot from them. There are plenty of genres to get us started with. When in doubt pick a genre of which movie you will be interested in. Here’s an example, I love thriller movies so when it comes to books I choose thriller and murder mystery.
We have apps, YouTube videos and classes to help us listen to native speakers. In that way, we will get to improve our listening skills too. Native speaker’s tone, way of speaking, body language and usage of words will mould our way of speaking.
Public speaking is an art. It can be mastered with little effort from our side. In today’s world, we have technology by our side if used effectively, one can master any language.
Try to avoid conversation gaps, instead use fillers such as “I mean”, ” you know”, “alright”, ” basically“, etc. The most common fillers are hmm and ah. When we use these fillers the flow of the conversation will be smooth.
Tips for effective communication
“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”– Peter F. Drucker
When it comes to communication, non-verbal communication is important too.
Deliver simple yet clear messages
Can you listen to someone who uses Shakespeare’s style of language while talking about a pitch meeting? No. It will be tiresome. While communicating one must remember to keep the language simple and efficient. The message should be clear and concise.
Take time to respond
Taking some time to respond doesn’t mean you are in doubt. We can’t be spontaneous in every situation. There might be a heavy and important responsibility if we answer without forethought, it might put things out of order.
Body language is like salt to our food
Too much salt and less of the same is not satisfactory. Body language should be overdone. People tend to notice body language it should show warmth and add a filter to the conversation. “Action speaks louder than words.”
Maintain eye contact
Trying to uphold the eye contact game. But remember, too much of anything is not good. Try not to stare at the person instead maintain healthy, non-creepy eye contact. It will create an impression and acts as a signal that you are indeed interested in the conversation.
Understand their needs and values
People like those who can understand and value them. We all have feelings, bad days and battling our battles. It is better to recognize their side of the story. Try to be more of a listener than speaker.
“The art of communication is the language of leadership.”– James Humes
Next time you think of communicating with either your teammates or any professional individual. Try to follow these points. Hope you found it informative. Thank you!