If you’re an introvert, trust me, this blog is definitely going to help you express yourself and build your confidence. On the other hand, if you are an extrovert then you too can be benefitted by this blog, it will help you deliver your message across more openly and clearly. 😉
So, let’s begin!
WHY IS CLEAR COMMUNICATION IMPORTANT?
Effective communication is really important for an organized life and it is far too important to ignore or leave to fate.
When you strengthen your communication skills you eliminate unnecessary rework and wasted time from misunderstandings.
Poor communication or bad communication skills will just make life harder for you. It will be the root cause for various misunderstandings, conflicts and confusions which can go on to affect your productivity as well as relationships.
It is better to be a frequent and open communicator who can easily talk about things and problems rather than being an under communicator.
During difficult times under communication can cause troublesome situations.
QUICK TIPS (GENERAL)
When communicating, especially about important things, stick to the topic and try not to add too much unnecessary information since it might confuse the recipient.
Know the objective of the conversation and be clear about the message.
Don’t rush into conversations, take a few minutes to collect your thoughts and calm your mind and deliver the message in a straightforward way.
Keep in mind the type of people you are communicating with and frame your message according to it.
Make sure that the recipient has understood the message clearly. You can check this by asking them to repeat the same information to you. It will help avoid any and all confusion.
MOST COMMON MISTAKES
Communicating with everyone the same way. (Realise that different audiences require different communication styles.)
Less questions, more assumptions.
Less listening, more talking.
Small minded thoughts. (Try to keep an open mind for everyone’s opinions and views.)
Negative approach towards the conversation. (Using negative tones and words creates an emotional distance between you and the recipient.)
QUICK TIPS (FOR INTROVERTS)
Challenge yourself and move out of your comfort zone.
Be the first to start a new conversation. Many people around you may feel the same way. So forget about your worries and reach out to new people.
Take a minute to think about the things you want to talk about. Have questions ready that will help you begin new conversations.
Pro tip – Try thinking of topics which you’re comfortable with or maybe a deep and meaningful topic, that way you can have a long conversation without any awkward small talk in between.
Once you start a new conversation, try to ask as many questions as possible and practice listening.
Try to relax and enjoy the conversation and don’t stress out too much.
Problems tend to build up more when we keep them bottled up inside us. If you’re having a problem with the people around you, try to communicate about it openly and find a solution to it or come to an agreement that works for everyone involved.
QUICK TIPS (FOR EXTROVERTS)
Ask questions and get feedback from people around you.
If you make mistakes, communicate with the people around you and try to understand where you went wrong.
Whenever a bad situation comes up, try not to point the blame at the other person/people.
Instead of using phrases like “You didn’t…” or “Because of you…” and “If you didn’t/hadn’t…” try using phrases like “It hurts me when…” or “I couldn’t…” or “It is an inconvenience for me when…”. The other person will be less defensive and will be able to understand the issue from your point of view.
During problematic situations, once you explain your point of view, take time to hear out the other person and try to understand the situation from their point of view as well.
IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING
Listening is the other half of communication and is overlooked most of the time.
The true benefit of listening is not for the speaker but for the listener.
Being able to listen and understand to other people and their ideas and implementing those to our own is a very great trait to have.
Make effort to be a good listener. When you can listen to someone and understand them properly, you will be able to explain yourself better as well.
BEST OF THE BEST (FOR TOP COMMUNICATORS)
Make the effort to try and inspire others through your communication.
Try to spread important messages through your words and make a difference to the world around you.
Make conversations less about you and more about the people around you and the things that matter to you.
Instead of communicating about things that are negative and hateful, try communicating about kindness, truth, humanity or anything and everything else that you are passionate about.
Try to spread positivity through your words and through your influence.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me, which of these tips will you start using from today??