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:
Be 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.
Reading 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 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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