How Can I Improve My Communication Skills?

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Rachel Sharp Profile
Rachel Sharp answered
The adage is that good communicators are good listeners. Communication only happens when there is someone
expressing and someone listening. Therefore you should know how to do both.

Some hobbies are surprisingly effective in improving communication. Listening to music and reading will help you to practice your listening skills. Writing, singing, painting - anything that involves self-expression will also give you confidence in communication.

Although these activities benefit your communication skills, writing a poem might not be the best way to express your grievance with a boss! Professional training courses can help you to know the language for communicating at work. There are also many books on the subject. As well, picking up cues from your work place will give you a sense of the best way to communicate. Finally, your own intuition is perhaps the most helpful in improving your communication skills. Common sense tells us that the best communicators express themselves in an open and sincere way.
Aisha Profile
Aisha answered
Communication skills play an important role in your professional and personal life. There are a number of ways through which you can improve your communication skills. Such as
- Working on developing the quality of your voice,
- Slowing down to give necessary pauses.
- animating your voice
- use of appropriate gestures
- Use of appropriate volume
- Enunciate your words
- working on correct pronunciation
- making eye contact
- Using the right words at the right time
- Never send mixed messages.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Learning the English language is an easy answer to the question but I think that not knowing it very well is an overlooked advantage. I work with people that are from the Ukraine and I have to communicate with them on a daily basis and I do not know how to speak in their language. Though it is difficult I have found that by being able to communicate with another person without words has really enhanced my ability to communicate with people using words and language. I hope this helps!
arun bobby Profile
arun bobby answered
Read the newspaper daily. Understand the meaning of hard words in the dictionary or anywhere else. First practice in front of the mirror and then speak with friends and relatives.

Suhail Ajmal Profile
Suhail Ajmal answered
The best thing to do is to speak with your friends and family as much as you can in English. Read books, listen news, watch movies, read newspaper etc. To study some articles and tools to improve communication, click this website
Shafqat Jilani Profile
Shafqat Jilani answered
As Aristotle said centuries ago, "Every thing we learn, we learn by doing".
Improving communication is as simple as breathing, eating, drinking, and walking are.
You must make up your mind and kill your phobias or thoughts that keep you away from learning and improving communication skills.Seemingly, you have to focus on verbal communication. For oral communication and presentational skills, you have to be very clear about one thing. Only you can help yourself. No one can benefit you if you do not want to improve and learn. Once you get a clear idea of its importance, then lead to the next step.

Speak in front of people maximum, specially in front of strangers or people who do not know much about you. Talk to your friends on the topics and issues you want to improve further.
Ask your teachers and elders to give you idea of improvement areas so that you could focus on these and improve further.
Speak in front of people, speak to yourself aloud and kill your hesitation.
Participating in little family fun debates, picnic speeches and impromptu talks can also be very helpful for this purpose. Just find a few people who can play with you in this game of communication skills development and everything will be fine.
Fred Jones Profile
Fred Jones answered
Practice makes perfect, or so the saying goes. You may not become perfect at speaking but you will get much better at it. Do things like trying to get your point across with as few words as possible. Try to describe things or a scenery to people.

Also reading can help you speak better. You need to read so that you are looking at the style of how the writer is getting you to imagine what they are describing. Then take those ideas and try it yourself but speaking instead of writing.

Being a good listener can mean different things as well. If you have trouble speaking, then you may not be listening as well as you think. Listening requires you to not only hear what the person has to say but your physical reaction along with speaking back to them by asking detailed questions makes you a better listener.

If you are able to master being a good communicator, then you have master a key part of being happily married as long as you use the skills and don't stop or give up.
Penny Kay Profile
Penny Kay answered
Yes, the answers here are good ones. I suggest that besides practicing English, practice gestures, and keeping the proper American distance from people when speaking.  Americans stand a further distance from the person they are speaking to, in casual and formal conversation. If you stand too close to an American they will be uncomfortable. Formal communication requires an extra foot or so of empty space.
Christopher Sheppard Profile
To effectively improve your communication skills you must first evaluate your current communication abilities and identify your areas of weakness. There are many improvement templates available that indicate how to improve communication skills, and a number of classes and seminars that will provide further guidance.

You must be willing to commit the time, energy, and practice required to have a material impact on your existing communication skills. The development of effective communication skills is a worthwhile experience if undertaken seriously and with the appropriate guidance.
rhen reyes Profile
rhen reyes answered
There are some ways to increase your verbal efficacy at work: You should develop your voice, when you are talking you should not talk too fast, you should learn to animate your voice or use dynamics, avoid mumbling, speak more softly when you are alone and close and speak louder when you are speaking to larger groups or across larger spaces, pronounce your words correctly, start a program of learning a new word a day, make eye contact to the person you are talking to.

You could also try joining social network, which aims to increase their members in communication skills. Good luck!
  
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Arsalan Maqbool Profile
Arsalan Maqbool answered
Communication skills are very important in all types of businesses.Here are some of the tips that will definitely help you in improving your communication skills.

1-Develop your voice.Avoid the high whiny voice which is not perceived as authoritative.Instead use a lower pitched voice.
2-Do not talk too fast.
3-Avoid a monotone similar sounding voice. Instead use dynamics in your voice.Your volume should be soft and loud.
4-Speak clearly and not with mumble.
5-Pronounce your words correctly
6-Make eye contact.This is also perceived as a sign of confidence.

You can read many more tips and articles at:
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suman kumar Profile
suman kumar answered
Improving communication skills is very important in one's personal or professional life. For improvement you need to be more proactive, you need to actively participate in debates, seminar etc.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
The best way to improve your communication skills is to communicate. If you want to improve your written communication skills, then write, write and keep writing. Make it your passion. Same with oral communication. You just need to speak and speak. Better to spend time on online voice chat rooms and discuss people on different topics, and debate with them.
Don't join any communication classes, they are useless. If you keep thinking, about ways, methods, strategies, technicalities, and keep calculating your words, then you won't be a fluent speaker. You can be a good writer this way. But not the speaker.
Remember just one word

PRACTICE!

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