How to Improve Communication Skills
Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you are willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life. You might have memorized long lists of vocabulary, you may be aware of all the grammar rules needed to hold a conversation but still you may find yourself lost at some point of time.
There may be various reasons behind it. You might be lacking in your confidence and practice, your body language might not be impressive or maybe you sounded robotic that’s why people lost interest in you and your words.
Of all life skills available to us, communication is perhaps the most empowering
In this article, I would like to throw some light on tips to improve your communication skills. You can find certain techniques to overcome the obstacles faced by you in English communication.
If you really want to improve upon your communication skills then the best tool is to be confident and speak, speak, speak. Never be afraid of speaking in English. Don’t be bothered about the people who mock at you and your speaking style. Unless and until you speak you won’t gain confidence. Beginners might fumble or make mistakes, but never get disheartened as this is the first step to improving your skills.
It is rightly said, “Practice makes a man perfect”. You can practice in a number of ways. You can practice speaking with friends, family or someone who can guide you on the path of improvement. Learn from your mistakes. Take feedbacks and re attempt speaking. Participate in group speaking activities like debates or discussions. If no one is around you can even try over the mirror technique. This way you can analyze yourself and work towards improvement.
Always be cautious with you pronunciation of words. If correct pronunciation is the cake then proper accent is the cherry on the cake. Firstly one should try to remove mistakes in their pronunciations. You can practice sounds, try consonant sounds first. One can exercise their tongue, teeth and lips. This can be done independently by following the Cambridge dictionary. Following is the link http://dictionary.cambridge.org/ . Here not only will you be able to get correct pronunciation for the word but also you can learn globally accepted accent – American and British.
Effective Communication starts with Listening
If you aspire to be a good speaker and a communicator then foremost important thing is to listen and retain. Have you ever wondered that you learnt “HOW ARE YOU?” when you didn’t even start your schooling, when you weren’t even aware of the interrogative sentence structures? Then how did you learn it?? It was through listening that you are able to pick up few sentence structures as it is. So this is another way to improve upon your communication skills.
You might be a powerful speaker when it comes to your mother tongue, but matching the same standard when it comes to foreign language, then you might have to think twice, especially if you are a beginner.
The only way out of this hesitation is to speak but go a little slow. This way you get time to think and frame your thoughts. If you go fast with your words then at one point of time you may run out of words and finally you land up using fillers like aamm, you know, right, ok.. This really gives a bad impression to the audience.
Communication might turn out to be a bizarre if you fail to use the apt word. Building on your vocabulary is a must. Now question arises how to do that? There are various ways of doing it. One technique could be to learn the root words and building on to them. One can record new words along with sentence usage. Likewise, you will be able to build word power which is highly essential to bring power in your speech.
If you dream of being an orator, or being effective in your communication skills, then you got to practice intonation. Laying stress on particular words in a sentence gives a different angle and meaning to it. Try a simple example: imagine you say “Hello” to
- A small child
- An old friend you meeting after 10 years.
- You see someone doing wrong and you want to stop him.
All these are different situations and the tone in which you will address them with “Hello” would sound different. That is called intonation. Never sound robotic in your speech; else the audience would lose interest in you and your words.
Besides above points, you can even try to:
- Strengthen your grammatical rules by going through good books.
- Listen to videos and audios to improve your pronunciation.
- Try imitation exercises to mug up few ready-made sentence structures.
- Try for functional language to learn phrases used in different situations like: Making Apologies, agreement/disagreement, polite requests.
I assure you that if you follow above techniques and practice rigorously, then you can definitely start seeing improvement in yourself soon.
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