How are those New Year’s resolutions coming? Not so well? Well don’t worry, there is still plenty of time for self-improvement. Communication is one of those traits that any of us can easily improve upon at any given moment. Here are some simple ways to improve your communication skills – no daunting resolutions required.
1. Pace yourself. Be wary of using big words, long, run-on sentences and speaking too fast. People listen more slowly than they think, so give people space to consider what you are saying. Don’t be afraid to take your time when you speak.
2. On the other hand, also think about what you are saying. Make an effort to get to the point; communicating concisely so what you say is more easily retained by listeners.
3. Show respect to the listener by maintaining an attitude of consideration, caring and tact. Prior to the conversation, put yourself in your shoes, envisioning things like what they might hope to gain from and how they might interpret the exchange.
4. Make an effort, but don’t try so hard that you’re not being yourself. It’s OK to inject some personality into your conversations, which will engage the listener and help you better connect. Caring too much about how people view you puts you at risk of appearing uptight, fake or unapproachable.
Still want to keep working on those resoutions? Tips for helping make those goals stick can be found in previous blog posts:
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