Everyone can benefit from better communication. In fact, if everybody were excellent communicators, the world would be a much better place. Of course, we know that isn’t the case, but this shouldn’t stop you from focusing on your own communication skills. Here are a few tips to help you become a better communicator.
1. Become fluent in body language
Verbal language is only one aspect of the communication realm — body language is another aspect. If you ever wanted to know how to tell if someone is lying, body language is the answer. Your body language tells other people what you aren’t verbally saying, such as if you are anxious, confident, confused, angry or any other type of emotion or state of mind. If you become great at reading body language, it will help you become a better communicator.
2. Listen to others
Before you ever begin to speak, take a minute to see if anyone else has something to say. Allow the flow of the conversation to progress naturally. In other words, don’t try to force the conversation to go your way. By listening to others, you are intentionally pulling yourself out of the equation. Listening to others has a couple other benefits, such as allowing you to learn new things or retain information that you may later need.
3. Think before you speak
Your parents probably told you this as a child, but many people still do not take a moment to think about the words they are about to say. Your words have the power to build up and break down a person’s emotions and well-being. You should decide what you want to accomplish within any conversation before you choose your words. There is a time and place for all words and tones of voice.
This is not an over-night process. You will have to practice your communication skills before you can ever become an excellent communicator. Regardless, these three tips should help you instantly improve your communication skills.