Being able to communicate effectively is the most important of all life skills.

Published: Wednesday, December 2, 2015   /   Categories: Leadership

Developing your communication skills can help all aspects of your life, from your professional life to social gatherings and everything in between.  The ability to communicate information accurately, clearly and as intended, is a vital life skill and something that should not be overlooked.  It’s never too late to work on your communication skills and by doing so improve your quality of life.

Professionally, if you are applying for jobs or looking for a promotion with your current employer, you will almost certainly need to demonstrate good communication skills. For example, the ability to: speak appropriately with a wide variety of people whilst maintaining good eye contact, demonstrate a varied vocabulary and tailor your language to your audience, listen effectively, present your ideas appropriately, write clearly and concisely and work well in a group all require good communication skills. Many of these are essential skills that employers seek.

Interpersonal Communication Skills

Interpersonal Skills are the skills we use when engaged in face-to-face communication with one or more other people. 

What we say is an important way of getting our message across, but using our voice is only the tip of the iceberg. We actually communicate more information using non-verbal signals, gestures, facial expression, body language even our appearance.

Listening is a vital interpersonal communication skill. When we communicate we spend 45% of our time listening. Most people take listening for granted but it is not the same as hearing and should be thought of as a skill. Reflection and clarification are both common techniques used to ensure that what you have heard and understood is what was intended.

Good interpersonal communication skills enable us to work more effectively in groups and teams, which may be either formal, like at work, or informally - in social situations. It is often desirable to build strong relationships with others, which can in turn lead to better communication and understanding.

Interpersonal communication skills are essential to developing other key life skills. Being able to communicate well with others is often essential to solving problems that inevitably occur both in our private and professional lives. Decision making is another area which can benefit from good communication skills as it often requires communicating complex information so that the most appropriate decision can be made. 

Presentation Skills

Although, for many of us, presentation skills are used infrequently, there will probably be times in your life when you need to present information to a group of people, either in a formal or informal setting.

The thought of giving a presentation or talking to a group of people can be very alarming to the novice; even hardened professionals can feel nervous.  Good planning and practice, however, can help to alleviate these fears and enable you to present information clearly and effectively.  

Writing Skills

Communication skills are not limited to direct interaction with other people and the spoken word. 

The ability to be able to write clearly and effectively is key to communication, this set of skills should not be limited to journalists or professional authors.  Poor written communication can be frustrating for the reader and potentially damaging for the author – would you buy a product from a website peppered with spelling mistakes? 

Personal Skills

Personal Skills are the skills that we use to maintain a healthy body and mind they can enhance communication.

Developing your personal skills can help with communication processes. 

By having a deeper understanding of yourself and a more relaxed and positive outlook on life you are more likely to be charismatic - a trait that can further aid the communication process. Good communication is also linked to assertiveness - that is, standing up for what you believe. 

During times of stress, or when we are angry, we may communicate less effectively.

Article taken from: http://www.skillsyouneed.com/general/communication-skills.html.


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