5 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS

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    HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS

    It might sound an over-simplification, but it's true. The best way ofimproving communication skill is through practice. There are some easy

    and fun ways that you can improve your, though, so you needn't worryabout it being too hard to do. You will probably be really glad in a shortspan of time that I have bothered you to improve your communicationskills.

    Remember that communication can be either written or spoken, verbaland non-verbal. Both of these improve with practice and here are somefun ways to do that:

    1. Read newspapers and magazines everyday and increaseyour knowledge

    It is a good habit to read the newspaper everyday. This helps you toimprove and increase your knowledge in English and so many other thingsthat you do not know. Among other things, the practice of readingeveryday will soon enable you to think and understand in English and thatwill help you to increase your word power and also increase your abilityto interpret things and explain things to others in the right perspective.

    Just write down anything. It can be impromptu and you don't have toshow these ideas to anyone. This helps you to be able to order yourthoughts logically.

    You may even find a site where articles are ranked by your peers. If youdare to subject yourself to such ranking, then you can be pleasantlysurprised at how highly regarded your writing becomes.

    2. Learn from other communicators

    Watch English news on the television and speakers on TV. See how theexperts do it. You can learn a lot this way, seeing what you liked abouttheir way of putting their message across.

    In improving communication skill, it's important to have the confidence toget your own style. Getting some tips from others is fine, but no-one hasall the answers and you may well have some good ideas yourself. Your

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    communication style needs to be individual to you and you need to feelcomfortable communicating in this way for it to be really effective.

    3. Try the telephone

    Telephone conversations take a different set of skills. Obviously, one bigdifference is that you can't read body language of the person you'retalking to on the end of the telephone line. Also, without this bodylanguage to read, silences can seem much longer over the phone.

    They are still important pauses to allow people to think, though, so youneed to learn not to be frightened of these pauses in conversation.

    4. Chat to people

    Try holding a conversation with anyone you meet - the bank cashier orthe man you pay for your mobile recharge or at KFC when you go to graba burger for your lunch. Anyone. It's the practice that matters.

    5. Strike up a debate

    One way of improving communication skill that you may not haveconsidered is getting a few friends together and having a friendly debate.Pick a current topic in which you are all interested. It doesn't have to be

    anything weighty or in any way controversial; in fact, whilst you are juststarting out improving them, it really should be something light and fun inwhich everyone can participate.

    Serve up the coffee and have fun with the debate. It can be casual andlow-key and if you really want to have fun with it, which not switch toargue on the opposite side a little way into the debate. That's a great wayof improving communication skill. Keep it impersonal and remember notto directly attack anyone and you can have a really fun time and also

    learn a lot in the process.

    So, try a few of these tips and see how much more comfortable you feelin communicating with other people, both people you know andstrangers. You will soon be improving them in all areas of your life andyou should be enjoying it too.

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    Have you been wondering how to compose an e-mail that capturesyour strategies and goals effectively?

    It is time you did something about it.

    As a young professional in today's global business world, it is imperative

    that you are competent in both oral as well as written communication.

    Important forms of oral communication at the workplace include:

    y Building interpersonal relationships.y Giving presentations and debating viewpoints effectively.

    You need to master oral skills for both in-person and over-the-phone

    interactions.

    Similarly, important written communication includes:

    y Writing professional e-mails ( dont use slangs).y Putting together concise reports.y Creating visually powerful Powerpoint presentations.

    And the key to acing oral and written communication is to spruce up your

    communication skills. And it is a lot easier than you think.

    Here are some easy steps to do it on your own:

    1. Improve pronunciation and diction

    There are a few tricks to making a vernacular accent more globally

    understandable.

    ~ Try making sure that 'air' comes out of your mouth when saying the

    letters, 'T, P, K' and the sound 'Ch'.

    ~ Focus on elongating your vowel sounds. This will also automatically slow

    down your rate of speech.

    ~ Sing English songs out loud! Read loudly and try to speak like the

    newsreader.

    ~ Watch news shows on channels like CNN, BBC, NDTV-24/7 , & BIG CBSPRIME etc.

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    ~ I would also suggest buying books on pronunciation and language that

    come with audio cassettes.

    A good book that I found really useful was Better English Pronunciationby J D O'Connor and How to win friends and influence people by Dale

    Carnegie.

    2. Spruce up your writing skills

    ~ Believe it or not, you have to Read More!

    ~ Well-written magazines, like The Economist and India Today, are great

    to read not only to improve language skills but also to learn more about

    the world.

    ~ In terms of books, read what interests you. The basic goal is to read asmuch as you can.

    There are a plethora of good authors who are popular today. Some good

    writers whose language is easy to follow include Dale Carnegie, Shivkhera, Paulo Coelho, J D Salinger, Albert Camus and Daniel Goleman(Emotional Intelligence).

    ~ People tend to forget basic grammar when speaking to people and also

    writing e-mails. An e-mail is nothing more than a letter which is sent

    electronically.Make sure salutations and content are professional. Use special phrases

    when attaching documents. For example, "Please find attached with this

    e-mail a report on..." This helps you sound professional.

    3. Five exercises to practise every day!

    i. Pretend you are a newscaster and read out the newspaper to yourmirror.

    ii. Do not read local newspapers. Focus on national newspapers.

    iii. While reading a book, underline all the words you do not know. Lookthem up in the dictionary.

    iv. Make a list of these words, and make sure you use at least five ofthem in a conversation during the day.

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    v. Most important, make an effort to speak in English to your friends andfamily.

    If you need any further assistance you can always meet me and clear your

    doubts.

    Thanks,

    English Trainer

    B.Srinivas