8 Most Effective Communication Skills

 

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8 Most Effective Communication Skills

Communication is important in how we relate with other people at a personal and professional level. Being able to communicate effectively is an important aspect in the present world. This is because everything you do, you need to communicate to be understood by the other person. The relationship you develop with other people is impacted by how you communicate either positively or negatively. Communication is not only about talking to the other people, but also the tone you use in talking, the intention behind the message, your body language and when you say it. In addition to that communication can also occur when you do not talk, in that someone will tell that you are not happy with a given person or situation. Effective communication skills include the following. 

Asking Questions

The first step to communicating effectively is to ask questions where you need clarity. For instance, if you are in class, and the professor has said something, or given out an assignment that you feel you do not understand, it is better to ask questions so that you do not answer the question outside the topic. If you are to write an essay, and the professor has given the topic already, but you still cannot get your way through the essay, you can refer to best essay writing service Reddit to get an idea of what is required of you.  Furthermore, if you are having a conversation with another person, and you ask a question about them, it shows them that you are interested in knowing more about them. This builds a strong bond and enhances the communication. 

Listening

Listening more than you speak is the best way to go when communicating with another person. Actively listening also shows the other person that you are getting everything they are saying. When you are talking with a friend, or family, and they are telling you something that is bothering them, or something they find amazing, and you are listening carefully, you will realize that they need help somewhere or they need you to support them in some way. The response that you give after having this conversation will depict whether or not you were listening to what the other party was saying. Active listening helps you to understand and to be understood. 

Offering Feedback

Giving your feedback shows the other person that you were listening to what they were saying. Giving feedback creates vulnerability, whether you are the one doing it or another person is giving the feedback. Either way, it shows that you care about the other person and you are telling them what you feel is the right thing without misleading them.  

Non-Verbal Communication

Communication does not mean that you will use words all the time. Other times you use non-verbal communication, which involves the use of gestures, and body language. For instance, nodding shows that a person agrees with something or is comfortable with what is being done. A child may be asking you for something when you are having a meeting with your friends and instead of shouting “yes”, you can just nod and they will know that you have agreed to their request. Moreover, body language and facial expression communicates more than you can imagine. Someone can tell a lot from just looking at your facial expressions and how you behave to a specific situation. 

Empathy

This is used to describe to a situation where you try to put yourself in the other person’s situation. For instance, if someone has lost a loved one, and they have come to you to get a shoulder to lean on, you should ask yourself “what could I have done if this happened to me?” Answering this will make you treat the other person the exact same way you would wish to be treated. Being empathetic communicated a lot and shows the kind of person that you are. Being able to relate with the situation an individual is going through puts you in a position to act accordingly and respond in the best way. 

Clarity

You can only communicate effectively if you are speaking clearing and stating things the way they are. Instead of being misunderstood, just be straight to the point and state what you want to say the way it is. This is because if you say something to mean another thing, the person you are talking to may take it the wrong way and this may ruin the relationship that you have with the someone.  Therefore, ensure that when you are speaking, you are clear and you articulate everything the right way. 

Emotion Control

Being able to control your emotions is also an effective communication skills that everyone needs to adopt. When talking to another person, or listening to them, you should be able to control your emotions so that both of you can reach a concrete decision. If you overreact or get annoyed easily, both of you may never reach a conclusion, and the conversation which started well may end up into a conflict. However, if one is able to control his or her emotions well, there will be effective communication. 

Stress Management

People handle stress differently and being angry does not solve any problem. If you are having a stressful day and you feel like you need to relax, you should talk to someone who knows how to manage stress perfectly. This is because when you talk to someone who does not handle stress well, they will feel as though you are being a bother by sharing what you are currently feeling. Their feedback can even hurt you more and you will end up regretting talking to them. Therefore, if you cannot manage stress well, trust someone who is neutral and handles stressful situations perfectly and communicate with them. 

In conclusion, effective communication depends on how both parties start their conversation, the intended message, the setting in which the message is being delivered and the body language and facial expression that one is using. Effective communication needs to be both ways for everyone to achieve satisfaction. 

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