Communication is a great tool for getting ahead in life. Whether it’s in business, in school, in politics, or even at home, great communication skills will always turn out to be a great asset for you. And this could be why great speakers and orators are very successful. Take for example, former US president Barrack Obama who recently got paid a whopping $400,000 to talk in Wall Street. If you’re having trouble communicating in person, try these tips out and get heard.
See Your Ideas Through to The End
The backbone of every conversation or talk is the idea(s) that you’re trying to convey to your audience. Your message has to have such pillar ideas. And more importantly, you must be able to string your thoughts and words together in a manner that keeps in line with conveying those ideas. Poor speakers often lose their ideas mid-sentence, throwing them into disarray. Have your points well thought out and articulated right to the end in order to avoid that.
Use Examples to Elaborate Your Points
Examples can be the spice to your words and sentences. That is, they’ll help bring out the gist of your argument or ideas. And one idea can help expound and solidify what would have taken you a lot longer to get through. So feel free to use examples often. However, the examples should be in line with your argument, lest you shoot yourself in the foot.
Keep It Simple
The trick to communication, and this should be self evident, is simplicity. The goal is for other people to understand you. And you have much better chances of doing that when you keep it simple. Forget people who communicate using big words or complex analogies. Keep your ideas and sentences as simple as possible. Even your examples should be simple and basic. When you communicate in a simple manner, you are likely to get through to your audience better. You also won’t strain when talking or explaining ideas.
When you are communicating, the audience takes in everything you do and how you do it. Remember that they have their full attention on you. They even notice what you’re wearing and how your hair is done. Keep their focus trained on your message by being staying calm. The moment you lose your cool, your audience will start to focus on everything else but your message. Yes, they will notice the beads of sweat forming on your forehead or the creases on your brow – but not your message. So keep calm and let your words and ideas have the show, especially if you’re participating in public speaking.
Use The Right Body Language
Communication and body language go hand in hand. When you talk to people, your body language should be reinforcing that message to drive the point home, not the opposite. Even the way you’re seated or standing says a lot about your message. Too much body language also, e.g. a flurry of hand gestures, will confuse your audience. Use selected body movements to complement your words.
These tips may not exhaust every aspect of communication but applying them will significantly improve your engagements and your life as well.
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