We are all aware of the fact that communication is one of the most important skills that needs to be developed for anything we do. Lack of good communication leads to a lot of chaos and confusion.
Therefore, whether one is looking for career advancement or to improve your executive presence, the ability to communicate will help ease the job.
To do this, here are a few things you could consider.
- Make communication a priority:
To do this, you could take classes, read books, magazine articles or learn from successful communicators around you. Seek a mentor or coach.
- Simplify and stay focused on one message:
To do this, you could use simple, straightforward language
- Engage your listeners or readers:
Draw your listeners and readers into the conversation. Ask questions and invite opinions. Solicit their feedback.
- Take time to respond:
After you’ve listened (and understood) take time to “draft” in your head what you want to say.
- Make sure you are understood:
Don’t blame the other person for not understanding. Instead, look for ways to clarify or rephrase what you are trying to say so it can be understood.
- Develop your listening skills:
The best communicators are almost always the best listeners. Listen without judgment and don’t be distracted by thinking about what you want to say next. Then, respond, not react.
- Body language is important:
Studies show that 65% of all communication is non-verbal. Watch for visual signs that your listener understands, agrees or disagrees with your message. And be aware that your body is sending signals, too.
- Maintain eye contact:
Whether speaking to a crowd or one-on-one, maintaining eye contact builds credibility and demonstrates you care about your listeners
- Respect your audience:
Recognize your message is not just about you or what you want. You should sincerely care about the needs and the unique perspectives of those to whom you are communicating. One of the best ways to show your respect is simply by paying attention to what they say.
Disability Entrepreneurship And Leadership (DEAL Foundation) works across the districts of Gadag and Bengaluru.
The aim of the foundation is to promote livelihood opportunities to households of people with disabilities.
The foundation also firmly believes that developing communication skills among people particularly with disabilities form an integral part of their work.