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How to Develop Good Communication Skills

2 2022/09/20
Effective communication is key to both business and daily life. It helps you connect with others, share ideas, and express yourself more efficiently. That is why we need to be good communicators. Below are some tips to develop good communication skills.

Understanding the Basics


We should first understand that communication is the process of transferring a message from the sender to the receiver through various methods (verbal and non-verbal communication)  

In general, verbal communication refers to our use of words, written and spoken. In contrast, nonverbal communication refers to communication that could be more than words, such as body language, eye contact, and gestures.

Be Courageous


The first step to bringing courage into your communication is being confident in yourself. Not being fearful in expressing yourself in a conversation shows that you are sure of yourself which is a plus in any conversation. You can improve yourself each day by trying to understand and study your previous important conversations to see how else you could have done better or to seem more courageous. It takes some time to prepare your thoughts, but the more you practice the more you can communicate smoothly.


Listen


To be a good speaker, you must first be a good listener. When in conversations, pay attention to your peers, and try your best to understand what they are trying to express without interrupting unnecessarily. You can then take your time to prepare an effective response. Understanding what those around you are trying to express helps you in crafting effective responses.

Practice


Practicing is a crucial aspect in your becoming good at communications. It will help you express your thoughts better. You can practice your conversational skills by simply conversing with your friends, family, or close relatives. You can also use a mirror to practice your speeches, expressions, as well as pronunciation since they are also important aspects in becoming a good communicator.

Eye Contacts


One of the critical components of non-verbal communication is eye contact.  Eye contact helps communicators focus on the conversation and read facial expressions. It also shows that you are honest and courageous in your conversation. Furthermore, using eye contact with a person you are talking to shows that you are actively listening and paying attention to them.

Gestures


Gestures reflect the speaker's thoughts, and it helps to build a better understanding when you are not able to fully express your thoughts. Big gestures will also make you seem confident and comfortable which also eases up the tension in conversations. Depending on your expertise with using gestures, you may even be able to command any conversation and steer them toward directions that are beneficial to you.

Pronunciation and Tone


Try to speak more clearly during communication because some communicators will judge you through your pronunciation and the way you speak. Try to speak clearly, and don't mumble when you are speaking.

In short, communicating with other people requires skill and confidence. Following the tips above will lead you to be a good communicator and develop your communication skill. You can acquire this through practice by sharpening your skills every day.

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