TME’s top tips on successful Communication
The most important aspect of all life skills is being able to communicate effectively. Communication is basically the act of transferring information from one place to another, whether this be written, visual, verbal or non-verbal. How successfully this information can be transmitted and received is an indication of how good our communication abilities are.
If you continually develop and improve your communication skills this will help all phases of your life, from your working life to social gatherings and everything in between. The ability to communicate information correctly and clearly, is a vital life skill and something that should not be overlooked.
Our top tips on successful communication are as follows:
- Listen – Talking and listening are equally important for good communication – Debbie
- Ask Questions – Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It doesn’t matter if you are the one providing the communication or the one receiving the communication, asking questions helps to clarify the message is being adequately communicated – Kerri
- Know your Audience – If you are having difficulty connecting with your audience (either professionally or personally) it could be that the message you are sending is not being heard. Imagine you were communicating with someone who did not speak your language. Would you continue in the hope that they would somehow understand you? Or would you use other means to express your view? Adapting your style to suit the specific circumstances it the key to successful communication – Leanne Rudd
- Get specific: Specificity is better than Ambiguity 11 times out of 10: Learn to communicate with clarity. Simple and concise is always better than complicated and confusing. Time has never been a more precious commodity than it is today. Your goal is to weed out the superfluous and to make your words count – Mark
In short, a failure to communicate effectively will result in confusion amongst your audience and any desired outcomes not being what was expected.