Effective communication is the need of the day. In today's competitive world communication is the fundamental skill to succeed in many aspects of life. Not only for jobs and career but even in personal life also people with good communication skills usually enjoy better interpersonal relationships with their friends and family.
Here are a few tips to improve your communication skills:
Learn to Listen − Listening is the first step towards developing effective communication. The common mistake people do is, they will be thinking what to say next while listening to other people speak. That is not correct. Give your 100% attention while the other person is talking. Effective communication involves good talking skills and at the same time good listening skills also because communication is a two-way process.
Empathise and Encourage − It is very important to maintain good interpersonal skills to bring effectiveness in our communication. People who are sympathetic to other people's misfortunes and who encourage and congratulate their positive landmarks will definitely get a good audience.
Check your Body Language − Communication is not always verbal. It can also communicate effectively through your body language also. Leaning forward in the chair, making an eye contact and nodding your head will encourage the speaker and makes him feel that you are paying attention.
Be Brief − Short and sweet is the best mantra for communication. Keep your talk brief and yet specific. This works for written communications like emails also. Always practice how to keep your talk brief and crisp and up to the point. Do not beat around the bush.