Want some great tips on how to communicate? Most people could do with some extra training and help when it comes to knowing how to communicate.
Knowing how to communicate well is a big issue. According to a recent National Survey, Americans fear public speaking and communication more than they fear to die.
Why is this?
Because knowing how to communicate well requires very personal attention btoyou and another human being and
let’s face it, anything personal opens a door to insecurity and feeling of inadequacy. So how can you overcome these
insecure feelings about communication?
Is there a better way to learn how to communicate effectively? It takes some individual commitment but for starters, follow these 3 basics steps.
1. Relax and Breath.
Whether it’s a business meeting, a conference room or a first date the first thing you must do in order to communicate is relax. When you relax you are in control. You control your reactions and your reactions do not control you. Breathing is central to relaxation. Take a few deep breaths and your body will begin to be more at ease. This will help you apply what you already know about how to communicate well.
2. Think and you will be prepared.
Have you ever heard the old saying, “think before you speak”? Well, it rings true. An effective sentence, paragraph and speech must first be formed in your mind. Try to think a few sentences ahead, predicting your follow up sentences and the ones following them. If you forget to think you will wind up dumbfounded and back at step one, but don’t worry, relax and keep going. When you know how to communicate you start to appreciate the need for flexibility. By thinking ahead about how the conversation might flow you will be better prepared, more at ease and more confident.
3. Follow the flow of the conversation.
If you are giving a speech, watch the audience and know how to read their reactions. For example, if they are bored,
key up your speech. If they are tired, then maybe it would be best to wrap it up. If your communication is more personal like a date, do the same but remember communication is a give and take process. If you are uncomfortable, being silent will only make it worse and make the other person uncomfortable as well. So when all else fails follow through with small talk until a common topic appears.
A good way to keep a conversation going is to ask the other person questions. People love to talk about themselves and if you do this they will leave the conversation thinking very highly of you.
Learning good communication skills is not something out of reach. You can learn how to communicate with confidence whether it is through written communication, verbal communication or non verbal communication if you make an effort. Over time your understanding of how to communicate will deepen as you use these techniques and discover what works best for you.
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