3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills Today
- Pay attention! Sometimes, we are so busy planning what we are going to say that we don't listen to what the other person is saying. Not only do you miss important information, you clearly convey the message that the other person is not worth listening to. This inevitably causes even more conflict. When you are listening, listen with your whole body. Be active; shake your head, make eye contact, ask questions to clarify and explore meaning, take in what they are saying and test your assumptions about why they are saying it.
- Gather your thoughts. Rather than blurting out a response, give yourself time. Organize your thoughts so you can express yourself more clearly - and so you say what you really mean to say. It's okay to take your time. Many questions require thought. Take the time to think - your conversation partner will appreciate it and it will facilitate clearer communication.
- Be concise. Here's the hard truth: no one thinks you are as fascinating as you do. No one wants to hear you lecture, and no one wants to hear you talk because of your lovely voice. Try to make your replies concise, using clean, clear phrasing. Be direct; this not only makes you easy to talk to, it conveys the sense of honesty and knowledge.