Communication is an essential part of our lives and an essential component of personal and professionals success. The ability to communicate effectively helps us to understand people or situations and enables the opportunity to resolve differences and learn.
Points to consider in communicating effectively:
Listening; Good listening skills are paramount to good communications. The easiest way to listen actively is to be interested in what is being discussed.
Get to the point: Value everyone’s time by being concise as possible when communicating.
Let others talk: Don’t do all of the talking. What you are saying may be of interest to you only. The easiest way to let others talk is to ask for input from your audience.
Non-verbal cues: 95% of communication is unspoken – eye movement, tone of voice, facial expressions, etc. The easiest way to observe non-verbal cues is to pay attention to your audience while speaking.
Remember and use names: The sweetest sound in any language is one’s own name according to bestselling author Dale Carnegie’s book, “How to win friends and influence people”. The act of calling other people by their name puts you on course to establish a sincere relationship.
Whenever communicating be sure your messaging is true and correct, well reasoned, and supported by solid logic that is specific, consistent, clear, and accurate. Before communicating, determine what you are working to accomplish. What is your desired outcome?
The end goal of effective communication is to develop an understanding of how to help others along with yourself.
This week in your communication:
Keep it simple. Craft what you want to say and say it
Communicate in a straight and plain fashion. Make your communication real and actionable
Keep is short. Communicate what is important
Pay attention to how your message is received. Observe body language