Communication is something that comes naturally to some, while others find that they struggle with it. While the old saying, “say what you mean” is a useful tool, communication often gets lost in translation. When we say something, other people begin to hear something very different. The end result is hurt feelings, frustration, and often an avoidable conflict.
Don’t stress out
If you aren’t so great at communication right now, don’t stress out. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure you effectively communicate with others. The first is to remember that communication is more than just the words you say. It is how you stand, your facial expression, how well you listen, and the emotion you invoke with your words.
The key areas to work on in order to effectively communicate include:
- Reducing stress and emotional roller coasters
- An overall lack of focus
- Body language that is inconsistent or appears negative
You’ll then want to improve your communication skills by focusing on the following:
- Becoming an engaged listener. Such as favoring your dominant ear in conversations, focusing on the speaker, and avoiding interruptions.
- Pay close attention to non verbal skills
- Reduce stress and keep it in check at all times
- Be assertive in the conversation.
Unfortunately, these items don’t often come naturally to people. If you are one of those people who is struggling with the process, look for support groups that can help. Options like TOAST will help you to work on your communication skills so that you can communicate with others easily. Before you know it, conversing will come second nature and you should find that people react in a more effective manner to you. That will help to ensure that you have fewer misunderstandings and communication remains more effective with all those involved.