Communication is the key to life and communication skills are especially critical for leaders of industry, organizations and business.
Without effective communication, the important aspects of the chain of command will be lost. Since as much as 80% of waking life is spent communicating, It is essential to be on top of your communication skills and make improvement a continuing effort (Learn more [...]
Effective communication is a necessary tool in any business today (see What is Effective Communication?). Being a skilled communicator takes practice and in most cases, education.
Communication is the foundation on which companies and careers are built and maintained. It is also an essential component to continuing success.
The Importance of Effective Communication
Communication skills not [...]
While many people are quite comfortable talking to others, even strangers, some people struggle with so much as small talk.
Most all social situations begin with small talk, which will engage a conversation and help it flow in another direction. However, if you are one of those persons who have no idea where to begin with small talk, the following tips may help.
Talk About Your Surroundings
It can be extremely easy to become angry when confronted with difficult people. Difficult individuals can include friends, family members, customers, co-workers and casual contacts.
When there are bad attitudes, harsh words or selfishness involved in a conversation, you can often become stressed and angry.
However, when you become angry and lash back, it can only make the situation worse and [...]
Many people often struggle to express themselves in an effective way. While there are some individuals who communicate quite easily with others, there are also some people who have no idea as to how to begin engaging conversations. However, instead of becoming frustrated, consider trying the following games and exercises to sharpen your communication skills.
This game is designed [...]
Rapport is a feeling that people get when they are comfortable with and trust someone else. It is a vital component of most interactions, especially during sales.
Components of the Mind
People often do not know exactly why they like or dislike someone, which makes us wonder how rapport takes place. There are two components to the human mind: the conscious and the unconscious.
The conscious mind [...]
"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak."
-Epictetus (Greek philosopher)
Improving your effective communication skills is not as hard as you may think and there are several tools you can use to make your conversations (even online ones!) flow a little better:
1. Questions: try to ask questions in order to get additional detail. Make them open-ended questions [...]
“Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.” - André Gide (French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947).
Sometimes, somewhere between the moment someone speaks and another responds, communication becomes broken.
We’ve all been there. A conversation, or even an online chat or string of mobile [...]
“First seek to understand, then to be understood”
- Stephen Covey (author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”)
Effective communication involves a lot more than just speaking clearly to your audience without nervously stuttering or writing an email without any spelling mistakes.
Read on to learn about the keys for effective communication:
Probably the most important [...]