Good communication skills are crucial in business and personal relationships. Communication skills are something that we must work on constantly to be able to effectively express our business goals, business needs, business strategies, business training, and all other professional endeavors. Consistently developing better ways to communicate also improves our personal relationships as well. Without being able to properly and effectively communicate on both levels, we as professionals and individuals are hindered. This can be a very annoying, damaging, and destructive thing. Work to be a good communicator.
Here are four tips on how to improve communication skills:
Be Honest. Be honest with yourself and those who you talk to. Understand what your expectations are in your connections and relationships. Know what you wish to express and relay in order to share them clearly with someone else. Misunderstandings and disagreements call for even extra careful planned out communication. Focus and prepare before speaking and sharing. How is it possible for another person to comprehend what you’re trying to express when you yourself don’t know what you’re trying to say?
Be respectful and courteous and never let your emotions get in the way. Seek for a balance between logic and emotion. When logically organizing your thoughts before you express them, your emotions will be kept at bay. Emotions are roller coasters and they get in the way of building positive relationships on any level. Don’t let your emotions control you. You control your emotions. People cannot hear what you are saying when emotions distract from the message.
Organize, arrange, and simplify your thoughts ahead of time. Too often do we just say whatever comes to mind and then either regret having done so or spend time trying to reverse what is already too late. Yet fight this urge to blurt out what you want to say in the heat of the moment. Take the time organize your thoughts, arrange them in logical order, and simplify them Less is indeed more. By taking the time to do this, you will be able to communicate more clearly and effectively which will reduce misunderstandings, arguments, save much time and effort.
To be a good communicator, you have to be a good listener. Many times when communicating with someone, we are more focused on what we are going to say next instead of what the other person is saying at the moment. Without careful listening, you don’t fully understand what they are saying and thoughts are incorrectly applied and responses are not accurate. Communication is based on assumptions and half-hearted listening. How does it feel when someone tells you that you haven’t heard a word they said? How does it feel when you haven’t been heard out? It’s not a good feeling, is it? Be sure to focus on being a better listener. That’s more than half the answer to becoming a good communicator.