Did you know that the secret to success is all about good communication? For sure, you have heard a lot of successful people speak of their story. They all have one thing in common — they all know how to communicate well and communicate effectively.

What does it mean to become a good communicator? The key to building good relationships, both personal and business, is good communication. It is all about knowing how to properly articulate your ideas as well as how to listen to others. Speaking and listening are both crucial items in your list.

While some people may think that good communication is all about speaking to others the whole day, it takes more than just that. In fact, it may come as a surprise to know that proper and effective communication can become a very challenging task.

What Makes Communicating Challenging?

There are so many things that could get in the way of good communication. These ways can keep people who are talking to each other from actually understanding what the other person is saying. Here are some things that could make communication challenging:

- When people do not listen.

More often than not, people think that they are communicating when they are talking. But in truth, communication is more than just that. You only become good at communicating when you stop to listen to what the other person is saying.

- When people speak different languages.

The language barrier has always been there to make communication a bit more challenging. People who speak to each other using varying languages could barely come to a point of understanding. There will always be challenges in explaining one’s ideas and making the other person understand. Sometimes, it just doesn’t work.

- When people come from opposing perspectives.

Everyone has their own principles and ideals and sometimes, these could get in the way of good communication. Whenever people speak of what they believe in, their minds are closed to accepting what others have to say about it. They stand by what they believe in that they refuse to see things from a different light. This is one of the most common ways miscommunication or the lack of communication happens.

Communication is challenging in more ways than people can imagine. But if only people tried to get out of their way to listen and be more open, they would see that communication can be quite easy to do.

How Can You Be A Good Communicator?

Is there a way you can improve your communication skills? If you are looking ways on how to improve your capacity to communicate, then these tips should help you:

Tip 1: Stop and listen. 

Do you do active listening?

If you pay careful attention to what another person is telling you, then you are doing exactly what you should. However, if you are not focused on what they are saying at the moment they are talking to you, then you are not communicating effectively.

In order to be a good communicator, you need to be an active listener at all times. In that way, you will be able to give them the proper response. If possible, mentally repeat what you’ve been told. The goal is for you to understand what they are actually saying.

Tip 2: Pay attention to what their body is saying. 

As the famous quote says, “actions speak louder than words”. The same remains applicable to those who want to learn how to be an excellent communicator. It is not just about the words that they say, it is also about the actions that they make.

Their body gestures should tell you more about the message they intend to send. You have to be prepared to be in a situation where people tell you something different from what they really mean. Pay careful attention to their actions. Are they smiling?

Do they look confident or do they keep on fidgeting?

The same is true for you. Be more conscious about the actions that you exude. It might be sending a different message to the person you are talking to. Remember to always try to be confident when you speak.

Pay careful attention to your stance and how you carry yourself. They say a lot about the message you are trying to express.

Tip 3: Welcome the silence.

Sometimes, in your desire to communicate, you forget that a big chunk of it should be reserved for silence. While people think that silence is the lack of communication, it is not. In truth, the pauses in between conversations say a lot about the message and the people who are communicating.

If you want to become an effective communicator, welcome the silence. The natural pauses are effective in ensuring that the train of thought is not disrupted. In this way, people can converse without worrying about not properly addressing points raised during the conversation.

Tip 4: Ask questions.

What do you do when you don’t understand something that arises from the conversation? Do you stop to ask? Or do you pretend that you understand everything and so you allow the person to just talk and talk?

More often than not, you choose to keep quiet about questions you may have thinking that you would only look stupid if you asked. 

However, to be able to develop good communication skills, you need to teach yourself how to ask the right questions. When you do, you’d be surprised at how much more you can improve when it comes to communicating. 

Tip 5: Take a deep breath and relax.

Communicating your ideas as well as your opinions is very important. However, you have to remember that it is not the point of proper communication. Rather, you have to be able to say or piece and listen to what the other person is saying as well.

Do not be afraid if you don’t get the message the first time. Instead, be confident, so you can try to listen again. This time, you can be more focused in talking to the other person. Act normal. Take a deep breath and just relax. Enjoy every moment of communicating with another person.

Make sure that you always come to the floor with a professional tone in place.

What’s Your Takeaway?

Good communication is the key to any successful relationship. It is the secret to a strong relationship too. If you know how to communicate, you can do anything. You can influence others with your words. You can inspire them to improve their communication skills as well.

After all, you communicate not only to say what you want to say. You do it because you know it will lead you to success.


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