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Can effective communication be a life/career savior?!

In today's world, sharing information is vital as we rely heavily on good communication skills, both verbal and written, in order to deliver and understand information quickly and accurately.

Being able to communicate effectively is a vital life skill and should not be overlooked. We all experienced a poorly delivered message, at least once or twice, and we surely remember the frustration that resulted from the misunderstanding, in some cases a complete disaster.

Developing communication skills can help many aspects of your life, from your professional career, to social gatherings, to your family life. To communicate well is to understand, and be understood. This can be achieved in the following ways:

  • Verbally with your voice, and the words you use.

  • Non-verbally with your body language, your eye contact, and gestures

  • Visually using images, graphs, maps, and infographics

  • Written using books, websites, and emails

One essential and most important part of communication, that can be missed, is listening. People tend to focus more on what they want to say, rather than listening to what the other person is saying. Knowing when to pause to allow the other person to talk is an important skill. It conveys respect and the willingness to hear the other person’s point of view, and help create open and useful exchanges, where each contributor’s point of view is expressed and heard. This should lead to a more positive working environment.

Having the ability to listen carefully, speak clearly and engage others in the conversation is of high importance in any organisation. Listening to others and showing interest in what they say, is of high importance, especially when expressing an opinion or asking a question.

To communicate effectively, you are expected to speak appropriately whilst maintaining good eye contact, demonstrate a varied vocabulary and tailor your language to your audience, listen effectively, present your ideas appropriately, write clearly and concisely, and work well in a group. If you are applying for a job or looking for a promotion, good communication skills become essential business needed skills.

Oral and written communication proficiencies are consistently ranked in the top ten desirable skills by employer surveys year after year. If you are considering advancing in your career, you should consider investing in improving your presentation and communication skills.

There is a wide range of affordable courses, in-person or online courses, some courses can be customized to your specific needs. I encourage you to check my offering and contact me for more information.

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