The journey of achieving goals starts with the communication power. Whether you want to achieve something in personal or professional life, the first step will always be your communication.
Have you ever wondered why some people are so convincing? What power do they hold to influence others? How are you different from them?
Communication is the answer to all the questions you read above. When we talk about communication, most of us underrate it.
However, communication is not just a word, it’s an art, and it’s a process. Improved communication is essential at every level.
According to a report Holmes (a voice of the global PR industry), an organization might incur a cost of $37 billion due to poor or weak communication.
If communication is weak inside an organization, then there are equal chances that employees will misunderstand instructions. They will make errors and ultimately the cost of errors will be an added cost for the organization.
Moreover, communication also plays a great role in one’s personal life. If your communication is powerful, clear and convincing, people around you will listen and follow you. It will create strength in you.
Unfortunately, not everyone is born with communication skills. But, we can enhance our communication by following some quick tips regularly.
Let’s explore some useful tricks and practice regularly to see the difference in your daily communication.
- Keep your body language confident
The number one rule to remember is that talk like your whole body is talking. Communication is not only about how you’re speaking. It also involves your body language and posture.
Always be confident and make eye-contact with the person you’re talking to. Never, unnecessarily cross arms and don’t turn your feet away. Try to maintain a normal smile on your face even if you’re not liking the other person or his points over a particular subject. But, if you’ve got a negative message to convey, then match your tone and expressions accordingly.
- Practice your communication
I am pretty sure that you all must have heard an adage “Practice makes a man perfect” and the same goes for your communication skills.
Refining a new skill is always hard, but with time and practice, you will notice that it’s improving. You can practice your tone and volume pitch to enhance face-to-face communication. Also, try to figure out your own thoughts and opinions regarding things to be confident and clear about what you have to say.
Your volume shouldn’t have to be unduly high or low, it should be medium and pleasant. You can improve your talking style in a group of friends or even practice it alone in front of the mirror.
- Be Patient
Patience is the key to successful communication. We all want to put our stories on the front and that’s what makes us impatient. First, listen to what others have to say and then communicate your thoughts.
A good listener is a good speaker, therefore, never rush in your communication. Listen carefully to others, wait for your turn, and then interact. If you will listen to others properly, they will also listen to you and if you have valid points then chances are your listeners will be convinced on your point.
- Pay special attention to your words
It’s a fact that your accent and words make a huge impact on the listeners. It is highly recommended to work on your accent, pronunciations, and vocabulary.
A good word, with a decent accent and pronunciation, has power. Your accent and choices of words make you more sonic and convincing. If you have no clue about how to pronounce a particular word, then avoid using it.
Select words that you know how to say, and always try to use convincing and powerful words to make a maximum influence. Some powerful conversational words are: because, If, you, could, thanks, together, us, and etc.
- Don’t Over Communicate
Sometimes, our wish to speak more diverts us from the actual point. It is crucial to be clear and concise about the required information.
Always share the most important part of the information while following all the mentioned points above.
It will keep your communication on-track plus, your audience will never get bored with what you’re talking.
Over-communication often results in misunderstanding and it’s not a good practice especially for professionals.
Keep concise and clear in giving instructions, after all, you’re not a part of debate competition, it’s just a professional communication and you’re supposed to convey valid points only.