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Developing and Utilizing Good Communication Skills

Updated on March 22, 2013

The ability to express your ideas effectively is important in every aspect of life – from how well you perform in interviews and how engaging you are at work to how you make friends and how your personal relationships go. Learning to communicate your ideas, feelings, opinions and thoughts may be a gift others are born with, but most of us have to perfect what we already know. Here are a few ways to help you be a better communicator and use the skills you have to express yourself.

Understand what and why

Before you make use of your communication skills, you have to know what communication really is. Communication is transferring messages or signals to a receiver in a manner in which they will understand precisely what you are implying. Even before you start communicating, you have to first have courage to say what you think and be confident about the message you want to pass.

Have courage

When in a conversation, you must be confident to share your thoughts and opinions. Take time to be aware of what you want to express and phrase tem in an appropriate manner before sharing. At your own time, it is good to practice your communication skills and even sharpen those skills that you feel work for you. You must be conversant with both social and professional communication skills and know when and how to use each.

Engage your audience

The best way to engage your audience while communicating is to make eye contact. Whether you are listening or talking, looking the other person in the eyes makes your interaction more successful and also encourages the other individual to be interested in the conversation. You should also use gestures to support your communication or to show participation when the other person is talking. These gestures include nodding, smiling, shaking your head to disagree, facial expressions and words.

Be simple

Use your own words when communicating. Speaking clearly and using words you are sure what their meanings are rules out any chances of misunderstanding. Also, use basic communication vocabulary to express yourself and be sure to pronounce the words correctly. It is natural for a human to adjust the tone of his or her voice or adopt their accent but do not overdo it.

Use the right volume

Volume is the loudness of a sound. If the person you are conversing with is very close, there would be no point in shouting. If the person is seated across the table, you should automatically adjust your voice such that it is loud enough for them not to miss a word you say. They should not strain to catch every word you say and it should not be so loud that it forces them to move back.

Animate your conversation

Animate the conversation by avoiding monotone and instead use dynamics to raise and lower your tone depending on what message you are passing. You should also change your voice tone and accent when imitating or expressing a message in third party and make the conversation more lively and enjoyable.

These are some of the top communication skills tips everyone should have on their fingertips and use in daily conversations to express themselves better.

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