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 giving clear explanations at work, here are some essential tips to learn for an effective communication.
Watch Your Body Language
You tell your partner you’re open to discussion but your arms are crossed; say you’re listening but haven’t looked up from your phone yet. Our non-verbal and non-written cues often reveal more than we think they do. Don’t forget that you’re constantly communicating even when you’re not saying a word.
Get Rid of Unnecessary Conversation Fillers
Um’s and ah’s do little to improve your speech on everyday conversations. Cut them out to be more persuasive and feel or appear more confident. One way is to start keeping track of when you say words like “um” or “like.” You could also try taking your hands out of your pockets or simply relaxing and pausing before you speak. Those silences are more awkward to you than they do to others, trust us.
Have a Script for Small Talk and Other Occasions
Small talk is an art that not many people have mastered. For the inevitable, awkward silences are with people you hardly know, it helps to have a plan.
Tell a Story
Stories are powerful. They activate our brains, make presentations suck less, make us more persuasive, and can even help us facing interviews.
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Ask Questions and Repeat the Other Person
Let’s face it, we’ve all drifted off when someone else was talking or misheard the other person. Asking questions and repeating the other person’s last few words shows you’re interested in what they say, keeps you on your toes, and helps clarify points that could be misunderstood (e.g., “So to recap, you’re going to buy the tickets for Saturday?”).