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12 Ways To Improve Communication Skills Instantly

Brainy Dose Presents: 12 Ways To Improve Communication Skills Instantly Effective communication is one of the most
important life skills that a person can have. Whether you want to have better conversations
in your personal and social life, or get your ideas across better at work, there are some
key things you can do to help improve your communication skills. After having watched this video, and the 12
points we outline, if you apply them, you should become a better communicator instantly! Number 1 – Show Respect & Appreciation Appreciation and respect can go a long way… People will be more open to communicating
with you if you convey respect for them and their ideas. Even simple actions like using a person’s
name will make them feel appreciated. It’s also important to be respectful and
considerate of other peoples’ time. Number 2 – Listen Actively People want to know that they are being heard. Instead of just focusing on formulating a
response, really listen to what the other person is saying. The person speaking to you should be the most
important thing, at that moment. Also, when you’re talking to someone on
the phone, do not respond to an email, or send a text at the same time. The person will know that they don’t have
your undivided attention. Number 3 – Ask Questions And Paraphrase Asking questions will not only help you understand
what the other person is saying, but it also indicates that you’re actually interested
in what they’re saying. This opens up the conversation, and signals
that you want to see them, hear them and understand them. And if you want to show that you really understand,
then paraphrasing is a great tool. All you need to do is repeat back to someone
what they just said, before you comment yourself. Number 4 – Make Eye Contact It’s important that you connect with the
person you are talking to, and eye contact is essential when having a meaningful conversation. Looking at the floor or out the window signifies
you don’t care, are bored, or aren’t really listening to them. By looking the other person in the eye, you
are proving that you’re interested in what they’re saying. This also keeps you focused and less distracted. Number 5 – Pay Attention To Body Language Your non-verbal and non-written cues often
reveal more than you think. Remember that you’re constantly communicating,
even when you’re not saying a word. So make sure that you have open body language
when interacting with others. Face your conversational partner, pay close
attention to your gestures, and don’t cross your arms. Number 6 – Get Rid of Conversation Fillers ‘Um’ and ‘ah’ does little to improve
your speech or conversations. Cut them out to be more persuasive, and to
feel and appear more confident. One way is to start keeping track of when
you say words like “um” or “like.” You could also try simply relaxing and pausing
before you speak. Trust me, those silences seem more awkward
to you than they do to others. Number 7 – Be Brief, But Specific For written and verbal communication, practice
being brief, yet specific enough, that you provide enough information for the other person
to understand what you are trying to say. And if you’re responding to an email, make
sure that you read the entire email before crafting your response. With enough practice, you will learn not to
ramble, or give away too much information. Having said that, you should take the time
to edit your messages! If you send a sloppy, confusing email, the
recipient will think you don’t care enough to think through your communication with them. Number 8 – Put Away Devices Somehow, most people just don’t get this
one… But it’s quite rude to have your head buried
in your phone while someone’s talking to you. So, put down your devices and look at the
person who is speaking to you. Don’t answer calls, check texts or notice
vibrations. Let it all pass. Stay focused on what the other person is telling
you. Your body language, words and emotional tone
will let them know that you’re really taking in what they’re sharing. Number 9 – Validate Others’ Thoughts and
Feelings When someone feels a certain way, they feel
that way for a reason; and even if you wouldn’t react the same way, it’s important to acknowledge
the emotions they’re experiencing. You don’t have to agree with the other person
to validate them. You can make them feel important by simply
letting them know that you hear what they’re saying, and accept their perspective. Number 10 – Never Talk Over People By talking over someone, what you’re basically
saying is “I don’t care what you’re saying – what I have to say is more important.” And this demonstrates a real lack of respect! On the same note, refrain from finishing people’s
sentences for them. By doing this, you are dis-empowering the
other person, because you’re taking control of the conversation. So bite your tongue! Number 11 – Watch Your Tone While it’s sometimes necessary to be assertive
in order to make your point, don’t be aggressive. There’s a fine line between the two. Try not to cross it. A combative tone is not in any way productive. Be confident and direct, while maintaining
a calm, cooperative tone. Number 12 – Smile And Have A Positive Attitude When you smile often and exude a positive
attitude, people will respond positively to you. Even when you’re talking on the phone, smile,
because your positive attitude will shine through, and the other person will know it. You see, the more you pay attention to how
you express yourself to others, the better you’ll get at communicating effectively. So give it a try! Apply these tips in your day-to-day interactions,
and you will improve your communication skills instantly. What are your greatest challenges when it
comes to communication? And how does social behavior differ between
your online and offline interactions? Let us know in the comments below! If you enjoyed this video, give it a thumbs
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