3 Effective Communication Skills for Personal Growth & Empowerment


Dipti Nair

Being able to communicate effectively is perhaps the most important of all life skills. Communication is what enables us to pass information to other people and to understand what is said to us. It is the act of transferring information from one place to another. Communication might be vocally,written,visually or non-verbally. 

Here are those 3 effective communication skills to work on : 

1.Body Language : The most experts in the field agree that more than half of what you are saying is not coming from your mouth. Thats right. Body language accounts for astonishing percentage of our communication and most of the time we are not aware of the messages we are sending.

Your body language, i.e. posture,facial expressions all play a vital role in the way you communicate. Once i a while some people may think can body language conflict with our vocal communication? The answer to this is yes. It can. And that is the reason for miscommunications. Therefore, be aware of the power of body language and the role it plays in effective communication. 

2.Be Active Listener : Have you ever had a conversation with someone in which you could later barely recall what it is they said to you? Were you perhaps too busy thinking about what you were about to say next, rather than actually listening?
Many of us are guilty of this one. We have to learn to practice active listening to be better communications. This is but one of many effective communication skills, but could be one of the most important.

Active listening means being fully present and aware of what the speaker is attempting to impart. It means offering the speaker your full and undivided attention. That means no cell phones, no laptop screens, no half-hearted listening over your shoulder as you poke through the fridge looking for leftovers.

Of course, active listening is not always possible. Sometimes we are in a rush and need to do several things at once, so having a conversation with our partner while we do the dishes becomes a necessity.When you can, try to practice active listening. Effective communication skills aren’t just about cultivating a powerful message. They are also about being a careful and considerate listener.

3.Confidence :Many people have a fear of public speaking. It is not easy to get up and speak in front of those you do not know well. Sometimes, it’s even more challenging to get up and speak in front of those you do not know well.If you want to make your voice heard, you will need to cultivate a strong and confident delivery.Becoming a more confident speaker takes time and practice. It is a skill that must be curated over time, so do not expect too much from yourself right off the bat. Be patient, be kind to yourself, and work at it.

Hence,The key to confident communication is to be clearly expressed.Take time to decide what you would like to say.One way we trip ourselves up when speaking is trying to conjure up what we are going to say next. Trust in yourself. Trust that the words will come. You can only say one thing at a time. Stay present.Confidence is about much more than just your voice. Your body language says a lot too. Relax your shoulders, ease your jaw, stand tall, and take a deep breath. When you’re ready, begin to speak.

    Therefore, Communication skills is important in every aspect of life.

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