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Forgotten Communication Skills Secrets

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 you career.

Remember the days when solo projects and independent work
were the norm 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 anytime:

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

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 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

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 may be 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

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 folowing the lead of the other person. If you want
much better communication skills a little courage goes a
long way.

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