Communication is an integral part of man’s existence. We communicate to share ideas, live, express our thoughts and feelings. Imagine you are in a world where there is no form of communication either verbal or non-verbal. That world would lack growth, innovation and change.

Effective communication is one of the most important life skills we can learn yet one we don’t usually put a lot of effort into. Whether you want to have better conversations in your social life or get your ideas across better at work, communication is necessary.

For example, in 90% of every job opening you find, a core requirement is having an effective communication skill. In other, for you to know that communication has been effective there must be feedback from the receiver.

Here are some essential tips for learning to communicate more effectively.

Listen, Listen and Listen

Always pay attention to what the other party is saying without interrupting, people want to know that they are being heard. This is just a way of them knowing you are giving them undivided attention. Ask questions when you don’t understand something it prevents misunderstanding and miscommunication. Finally, the person speaking to you at any point should be the most important person in your life.

Up Your Empathy

Communication is a two-way thing. Try to put yourself in the shoes of the person speaking sometimes. Developing empathy helps you better understand even the unspoken parts of your communication with others, and helps you respond more effectively.

Be Brief Yet Specific

When sending out emails, always try to avoid lengthy messages it can be discouraging to read and boring to the eyes. Avoid floating and in your messages, always hit the nail on the head.

Put Away Distractions

When chatting or talking put away distractions. It is not ideal to have an important discussion while watching a movie or trying to grab a piece of pizza. It’s pretty rude to use your phone while someone’s talking to you or you’re supposed to be hanging out with them.

Watch Your Body Language

Don’t reply a message saying something while your body language or facial expression says something else. Our non-verbal and non-written cues often reveal more than we think they do. It could be how you make eye contact or your body movements during video interviews. Your body language is an important communication tool

Think Before You Speak

Do not speak without reasoning or for the sake of just talking. Always think before you talk because your response to everything says a lot about you. Always pause before you speak, not saying the first thing that comes to mind will help you avoid too many embarrassments


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