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Tips for effective communication

Effective communication is one of the most crucial skills we can develop, but we rarely give it the time or focus it deserves. Whether it’s formal communication, in writing or in person, a dinner with coworkers, a networking event, or an informal outing, the way we communicate says a lot about us and, if it’s lacking, affects how people perceive us and our skills. 

There are several “exercises” you may do every day to develop your communication abilities, and we recommend that you begin as soon as possible.

Pay attention to body language

If you tell a conversation partner that you are prepared for the serious topic he warned you about but your arms are crossed, he won’t be able to communicate much with you. Are you pretending to listen while gazing at your computer or phone? 

 Nonverbal communication provides us with more than we expect, and we are sometimes unaware that we are making gestures that contradict what we say. Such postures, facial expressions, and responses might be detrimental, particularly during interviews, major meetings, or events. 

 According to Lifehacker, you should learn more about nonverbal communication and be more mindful of your body when communicating.

Get rid of filler words

At school, a long and consistent series of onomatopoeias like “oh” and “mmmm” took our attention away from the blackboard. But we’re not seven years old anymore, and these are improper in discussion, making us appear unprofessional and eroding our confidence. 

Replace them with a subtle motion until you are able to remove them or take a pause, take a deep breath, and sip a mouthful of water.

A dozen conversations require preparation

Making a conversation is more difficult than it appears. To avoid the awkward silence that can occur when two or more individuals are present, a pre-planned strategy is required. 

Keep up with some simple news on a neutral issue and start a discussion about it, whether it’s a movie, a book, or a new technology. Take an interest in the hobbies of the people with whom you will interact and challenge them with a question, for example.