5 Habits That Improve Your Communication Skills

  1. Start by asking a question. Communication is about listening just as much as it is about talking.
  2. Say what you mean and mean what you say. You want to make sure you’re not leaving room for misinterpretation when you speak. Two good rules to stand by are: do not say things that you think other people want to hear and don’t say things that you don’t want to stand behind
  3. Use your body language. Our bodies are good communicators on their own. Although, you should have an idea of what types of body language will help you express yourself.
  4. Listening is actively hearing. Listening allows you the opportunity to acknowledge certain parts of the conversation and sense the emotional state of the person talking. Accuracy in your response is key.
  5. Acknowledge first; speak second. A good communicator always knows to acknowledge what has just been said before taking the opportunity to speak. For example, you can simply say, “Yes, I hear what you’re saying…” And then go on to speak. When communicating, it’s important to make the other person want to listen to you as much as they want to speak.

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