Communicate with Calmfidence®
Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity
1. Record yourself communicating.
A good first step is to record yourself communicating. Whether working on a group project, giving a speech or simply just speaking with others, record a few communications and take note of your strengths and weaknesses. Practice makes perfect!
2. Emotion control.
In communication, feelings play an important role. If you are not aware of your feelings you will not be able to express your thoughts effectively. This can result in frustration, misunderstanding and conflict. Honor your feelings in order to get what you need out of the conversation.
3. Speak Clearly.
It's important to speak clearly and to be able to illustrate a point with clarity and cohesion. Mastering this skill means being able to communicate a narrative verbally. Preparation will aid in being able to clearly communicate your thoughts.
4. Get better at understanding non-verbal communication.
It's one skill to understand what people are saying to you, and it's another skill to understand how their non-verbal communication influences their words. When you fully understand communication, you can pick up on both verbal and non-verbal cues including body language.
5. Practice active listening.
Active listening means engaging with what people say by giving acceptable replies to ensure that you are fully engaged in the conversation. Ask follow-up questions to show that you are paying attention.
6. Make eye contact.
Eye contact is an important part of non-verbal communication. Doing something as simple as making eye contact when speaking can show confidence.
7. Ensure you are understood.
You can use techniques like reading non-verbal communication and asking questions to make sure you are understood. When speaking, pay attention to the non-VERBAL communication of others such as seeing the listener nod their head in agreement.
8. Ask for feedback.
There’s no shame in asking for genuine feedback on your communication skills from colleagues. Asking for advice on improving your communication skills can help you better understand how you are coming across in your work environment.