Communication is something we all do every day without any second thoughts. Or so it is for most of you. But do you always communicate effectively? Well, not always. The one thing many of you miss out while talking is knowing whether the other person has received the message the way it is meant to be understood. Effective communication is an art that can be mastered with practice. So what constitutes effective communication? Let’s find out –
Think before speaking
The first lesson for communicating effectively is to think clearly on the message you want to convey. Confusing messages are a direct result of muddled thoughts. Miscommunication can happen when we are under the influence of strong emotions or when there is a series of information that needs to be passed and we miss out on a few. So, it is very important to get your thoughts straight before conveying it to others.
Using the right words
Many a time, you find yourself in a spot by conveying a message with the wrong choice of words. Using the right words is very important in effective communication. Use positive words or optimistic words while speaking. And most importantly, use words that your audience can understand or can relate to.
Conveying the right emotion
Emotions are vital to effective communication. The trick is to convey the emotion without being emotional. Showing anger to convey a strong point, or shedding a few tears to show passion, smiling and laughing to tell a light-hearted story can all convey the message better. It can enhance the listener’s experience and help take them to the same plane of thought as yours.
Speed and enunciation of words are two things that give the right ‘kick’ to your words. And it helps the listeners to understand your exact words and message. Enunciation doesn’t need to have an accent, but it should have clarity.
The right body language
Body language and hand gestures are part of effective communication. Use your hand to visually aid your audience to follow your story. The right-hand gestures can be entertaining as well as informative.
Some say that eyes are the windows to our souls. And this is true when it comes to communication. Your eyes can speak more than your actual words. Learn to express emotions through your eyes. Maintain eye contact with your listeners.
Your stance is another key body language that people notice. A confident stance with open arms and friendly smile is often welcomed better by the audience rather than a closed-off stance.
And for a very successful and effective communication –
Listen to others
This is the part many of you miss out. Communication is bidirectional. It must be back and forth between the speaker and the listener/s. When it’s your turn to listen, you must do it with care. Use the right body language to let the speaker know that you are really into the conversation. Nod and acknowledge the things said and wait till the speaker stops to respond back. For effective communication to happen, your job as a listener is to put the speaker at ease.
Keep the conversation flowing folks.