How should you communicate so that you are heard acknowledged and your intentions are moved forward? Effective communication is about more than just exchanging information. It’s about understanding the emotion and intentions behind the information. For many of us, communicating more clearly and effectively requires learning some important skills. These keys will help you avoid misunderstandings and improve your work and personal communication skills.
Here are the 3 keys to effective communication:
1. Speak their ‘words’.
As much as possible, know the person you are communicating with beforehand. What and how they use words, phrases and even jargon’s. Then mix them in as your present your ideas. Sometimes both people can speak the same language and still not understand each other’s words.
Eliminate vague words. A little, a lot, many, not too much, soon, as soon as possible—any of these words can easily be misinterpreted, leading to major misunderstandings. Edit your words so that your meaning is clear.
Make sure you only use slang or professional jargon if you are 100% sure everyone that is listening (or reading) can understand your words. Also, if you have a heavy accent that is unfamiliar to those around you, try to speak just a little slower.
2. Make sure you’re understood.
Speak in short sentences and direct to your point. Don’t repeat yourself unless you’re emphasizing a key idea. And at least wait for a few moment to see if they had indeed taken what you have said, then go on. As you can imagine, if you are not clear with your directives, you can create a lot of confusion.
When you state your message clearly and simply, you increase your chances of being understood. But don’t count on that; instead, watch your players’ facial expressions and read their body language. If they look confused or unsure of what to do, state your instruction again, making sure you use language they understand.
Speak in language the other person understands, and watch for their understanding.
3. Asking and paraphrasing.
Asking and paraphrasing are very important elements in effective communication. Contrary to how it may seem, doing this doesn’t show reluctance, rather interest. The other person feels listened to, which creates a climate of empathy and very beneficial understanding.
Paraphrasing, in turn, allows us clear up parts of the conversation that we do not understand well while we show that we are listening to what is being said to us. Of course, this is a resource like any other, we have to use it at the right moments; if we use it in the wrong moments, it can block communication: the other person might think we’re mocking them.
Engage with their responses to make sure they’ve understood your idea and don’t forget to listen attentively to what they have to say. Ask questions or paraphrase in case you missed some points that they want to address.
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