4 Easy Ways To Improve Your Communication Skills

Did you know that there are ways you can improve your communication skills? In any and all aspects of life, we need to communicate. Communication is how we express our ideas, thoughts and feelings. As business owners and business builders, we need to know how to talk to people because that is the bulk of what we do every day. Here are 4 ways you can improve your communications skills to have more effective experiences when speaking to people in the marketplace.

4 Ways You Can Improve Your Communications Skills

To improve your communication skills, use the following 4 tips:

effective communication skillsBe A Good Listener. The communication process is a two-way street. One can speak but if there’s no one listening, there is no communication. When you listen, you can get a deeper understanding of what the speaker is expressing. You can get intimate with it, react to it and respond to it.

So often, people say they hear what someone is saying but hearing and listening are entirely two different things. If you’ve ever gone to a presentation or dialed in to a conference call, you may have found yourself wandering off after a while and checked your email or scrolled down your timeline. You may have even posted on social media. In doing so, your attention was not on what was being said and although you may have “heard” the sound of the speaker, you missed some of the important parts of the message because you weren’t “listening”.  When you listen, you have information in which you can use to ask further questions or clarify what you heard.

 

Be An Avid Reader.  It’s important to read daily. When I was in the school system, we used to say that children in the early grades learned how to read. But when they got to the upper grades and beyond they read to learn. There’s no doubt that when you read, you learn. The more you learn, the more you know and the more you know, the more you can answer questions, participate in discussions and give your prospects the information they may be searching for.  

avid readerReading expands your knowledge base and because you know more, you are more confident about what you know. When you have self-confidence, you can deliver your message, address a problem and give solutions. People recognize someone who’s confident and self-assured and find it easier to trust them.

Keep It Brief, Make Your Point. Sometimes people can go off on a tangent when explaining, sharing or presenting. It’s important that you keep your message brief and make your point early on. That’s what most people want anyway! When you digress, your message becomes a blur of meaningless words and your audience will quickly tune out. When you’re to the point, it makes the dialog go smoother and the info that the recipient wants is clearly given. This also makes it easier for him to frame any questions he may have. 

know your audienceKnow Your Audience. Knowing your audience is key because when you speak, you’ll want to ensure that your message is relevant to them. You wouldn’t speak to scuba divers about ballerina tutus just like you wouldn’t speak to young women about anti-aging products. They’re just not interested!

If you want your message to be consumed by an appropriate audience, make sure you have the right message for the right audience. In this way, there will be interaction taking place with relevant information provided, discussed and addressed.

Always Improve Your Communication Skills

If you want to have more successful conversations and interactions with people, it’s best to improve your communication skills whenever and wherever possible. It doesn’t cost anything to get better and you get better by actually doing.

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15 thoughts on “4 Easy Ways To Improve Your Communication Skills

  1. Great post Theresa! Your first point is spot on for the rest of your post, we all need to be better listeners, listen to what your audience wants. Listening to their problems can easily make your job much easier. And then be brief, don’t fall into that long winded explanation of why. Just tell them how you can help. Make it 30 seconds or less.

  2. Theresa, these are great tips for improving communication skills. I multi-task sometimes when I’m on webinars. Not all the time, but you’re right when I’m doing other things my attention is scattered. Thanks for the great share!

  3. Hey Theresa, they’ve always said you have 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason. Listening twice as much as you talk will make sure that when you do talk, you say the right things.

    Great topic!

  4. Great content. We have two ears and one mouth, that means we should listen more and talk less. Most people only listen to respond to someone but you should listen to understand them. That’s a big difference.

    I think multitasking is a bad thing. If you are trying to do multiple things at one time you are not able to give 100% effort to the tasks you have in front of you. Whether I talking on the phone or on a training webinar I try to focus only on what I’m doing at the time, nothing else.

    Thanks for the share Theresa!

    1. Hi Dereco…Yes, for sure. Listening is a skill that many people need to acquire. It’s in the listening that we judge what someone needs and if we have it, offer it. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  5. Make it brief and to the point, that’s an amazing tip and one of the best. Most of the times a simple thing is much better than a complex one.

    Being able to listen is very important as well because there is nothing more annoying that being ignored when talking.

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