Who else wants great communication skills?
Good communication skills are more important today than they have ever been. And if you neglect to develop your communication skills you may well be left behind socially and in your career.
Remember the days when solo projects and independent work were the norms and no one really considered that you might need to develop your communication skills?
Today, with new technology and the emphasis on teamwork in the workplace, communication skills are a most important trait to develop.
The phrase “communication skills” might sound frightening, like developing quantum physics skills or gymnastic skills. Communication skills, however, encompass a few behaviors that can become very natural with practice.
Here are some guidelines for developing good communication skills that you can practice anywhere and at any time:
1: Eye Contact.
Whether you are speaking or being spoken to, looking into the eyes of the person you are in conversation with can make the experience much more successful.
Eye contact conveys interest and encourages your partner to be interested in you in return. In less intimate settings, when giving a speech or when in front of several people, holding the eyes of different members of your audience can
personalize what you are saying, it demonstrates good communication skills, and maintains attention.
2: Body Language.
Body language can say so much more than a mouthful of words and yet it is essential for good communication skills.
An open stance with arms easily to your side tells anyone you are talking to that you are approachable and open to hearing what they have to say.
Arms crossed and shoulders hunched, on the other hand, suggests disinterest in conversation or unwillingness to communicate.
Often, communication can be stopped before it starts by body language that tells people you do not want to talk. Good posture and an approachable stance can make even difficult conversations flow more smoothly.
3. Have the courage to say what you think!
Communication skills begin with simple communication. You do not have to discourse of difficult topics to communicate.
Take time each day to be aware of your opinions and feelings. When you are aware of what you believe on a certain issue, you can better convey those thoughts to others.
Individuals who are hesitant to speak because they do not feel they have worthwhile opinions need not fear: what is important or worthwhile to one person may not be to another and maybe more so to someone else. Even when you have good communication skills do not demand or expect 100%
In a world so very big, someone is bound to agree with you or to open your eyes to an even deeper perspective. The courage to say what you think can afford you the opportunity to learn more than you did before.
4. Speak loudly enough to be heard.
When you are saying what you think, have the confidence to say it so as to be heard.
An appropriate volume can inform listeners that you mean what you say, you have thought about what you are saying, and what you are saying is worth hearing.
An appropriate tone and volume ensure your listeners hear exactly what you are saying, and decreases room for misunderstanding.
Communication skills can be practiced every day in settings that range from the more social to the more professional.
While some people feel the need to take a special college course on communications or to attend community lectures on giving speeches, you might find that these simple behavior tips can open up new communication opportunities to you.
New skills take time to refine, but each time you use your communication skills you open yourself to opportunities and future friendships.
Why do you want better communication skills?
What will it give you?
Apart from better relationships at home and at work most people want to be able to get rapport more easily with people they meet.
And this is where so many people take a wrong turn.
Instead of learning advanced communication skills which are easy to learn and straightforward to use — they learn about body language and think that matching and mirroring is all you need.
The problem is that everyone and her aunt already knows about body language. So you end up matching John while John is matching you and you both end up feeling drained and exhausted because one of you feels tired and the other one mirrors it.
It is far better to lead as soon as possible and use your communication skills to move the dialogue forward instead of just following the lead of the other person. If you want much better communication skills a little courage goes a
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