Communication is so important in life, in romantic relationships, work relationships, friendships. Communication forms the foundation of all human relationships. You meet a stranger, you talk to them, you get to know them, and before you know it, you’ve formed a relationship, and you’re friends. But did you know that there is a big difference between talking and communicating?
Many of the problems we have in our relationships with colleagues, friends, family, partners or spouses are pretty much caused by the fact that we don’t fully understand the importance of communication skills in our everyday life. It’s also essential that we know other ways to communicate for when we need to engage with someone who doesn’t speak our language, someone who is hard of hearing which you can learn more about here, or even with people of a different age than ourselves might require a different form of communication.
There are two ways that we communicate, verbally and non-verbally. Verbal communication is through the words we speak, and non-verbally is through our actions and body language. So, with something so important, shouldn’t it be something we take seriously and prioritize in life.
Practice Assertive Communication
Remember that communication is about give and take. You provide information, then listen and receive information. Listening can be difficult at first for some people, but the more they practice to speak and listen, the better they become.
Don’t Forget Your Body Language
Remember that even when you’re not talking your body is saying something. It’s okay to let your body language communicate your message without saying a word.
Maintain Eye Contact
When you are communicating with people, if you maintain eye contact with them, it adds more value to what you’re saying as eye contact gives a sense of honesty and sincerity and people are more likely you trust you and what you’re saying.
Learn to Listen
Many people find this the hardest part of effective communication. It is also the most crucial part. By learning how to listen, you understand the value of listening, and you learn how to make others listen to you.
Give Real Examples
Real-life examples make your communication more exciting and help the people who are listening to you relate to your message. People will be more engaged if you start telling a story, which is real.
Encourage Two-Way Communication
To encourage people to open up and join in with you, let them know that they can ask questions and give their opinions. This will make the other person feel appreciated and will value you more. If people feel like you are giving them attention and value what they’re saying too rather than feeding them with information, then this will provide you with much better results, and you’ll get a lot more from your communication.
Communication Is Essential
You should never stop learning how to communicate; you should always be conscious of communicating and how you’re doing it and who you’re doing it with. As you keep consciously communicating and not simply talking, you will learn new tricks, drop some of your old bad habits, and improve your relationship with others.
Share your thoughts: Do you find yourself failing to do any of these things when you communicate with others?