Millennial Tips: 5 ways to boost your communication skills
There is no standard magic formula for being a good communicator, but you can always work around your existing abilities and liven up your game by following these guidelines.
The key to becoming a versatile communicator is to engage in as many meaningful conversations as you can. Do not associate exclusively with people who are similar to you in terms of personality and interests but challenge yourself every now and then by also reaching out to those who boast a totally different conversational style. This does not only allow you to experiment with your approach but also helps you expand your communicative palette on the long run.
Interpersonal communication is not the ‘look how interesting I am’ scheme many believe it to be. It is rather all about understanding the person in front of you and making them understand you in return. The simplest and most efficient way of doing so is to look for relevant cues in your recipient’s character, body language and overall demeanor and try to incorporate them into the way you approach them as this will allow you to build trust.
A big part of communication relies on using the right vocabulary to convey your ideas. The larger your vocabulary, the better you will be able to put your thoughts into words clearly. Expanding your range is a progressive process that can be greatly enhanced by simple day-to-day activities such as reaching articles and books, watching your favorite series or listening to compelling talks online.
Instead of doing all you can to mimic your ideal communicator profile, work on honing your existing abilities and ultimately fusing them into a unique communication style that is specific to you and reflective of your personality and vision. Instead of having social media or other people in your environment dictate your approach, become a trendsetter by creating your own!
Last but never least, make sure to practice as much as you can. Communication is not a theoretical concept that you can master out of a book or two but rather a perpetually evolving lifetime journey. Voice your opinion in meetings, participate in workshops and events, draft thoughtful social media posts and make the most out of your daily interaction with people. You will only become better at it as you go.
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