Communication skills are key to success in both your personal and professional life. Ones who fail to lay out their objectives, point of views, plans, outlooks, feelings, thoughts and opinions clearly and objectively often fail to get their point through.
However, contrary to popular belief communication is not merely restricted to verbal communication as you not only speak through your words but also through your body language and physical communication.
Verbal communication is when you are speaking through your words. Below we will take a look into some of the top tips to boost your verbal communication.
· Be a Good Listener
Listening is the first and the foremost step towards professional communication. Moreover, refrain from listening with the sole intent to reply rather listen with the intention of understanding and grasping what the other person is trying to say.
· Be Friendly
Be friendly as it will help put people at ease with you. Research suggests that we are drawn to people who are friendly. Therefore, add a friendly touch to your comprehensive modes of communication.
· Think Before you Speak
You do not have to speak anything for the mere sake of saying something. Do not advise people unless and until you have been asked and invited to. Similarly, avoid giving your opinions, comments, verdicts and analysis unless invited.
· Be Utmost Clear
Before you speak make sure that your point is clear and you can express it in the clearest and the most direct manner. Do not resort to hints or making the mistake of speaking when you yourself are not clear or sure about something.
· Avoid Excessive Talk
Excessive talk is boring and people tend to avoid people who talk too much. Many times people make the mistake of indulging in excessive talking with the intent of impressing others with their knowledge. However, this is certainly not the case as rather the opposite seems to be valid.
People who speak less are more likely to impress and get their point through rather than the ones who talk excessively.
· Be Genuine and Authentic
You cannot feign or pretend for long. Therefore, avoid pretending and feigning at all costs. Be your genuine self even if it means that you have to admit that you are not much informed or updated on a certain topic. Rather take this opportunity to let other know that you are open to seek knowledge and get informed.
Therefore, be honest and genuine rather than pretending to be something or in knowledge of something that you are not.
· Be Humble
Being arrogant or sounding stubborn is not going to help you go anywhere as people once they notice stubbornness in your tone and opinions will be put off by it.
Therefore, stay humble and modest and express yourself in a way which makes you sounds like a person who is open to listen to others and genuinely cares rather than the one who believes in imposing things on others.
· Exude Confidence
Make sure you know the difference between sounding sure and confident from that of sounding arrogant and stubborn. Look and sound sure and confident about what you are saying and back it with facts and knowledge so there may exists no room for ego and arrogance.
· Be Concise and Brief
Believe us! No one likes to go on listening to others as people are more likely to interject and lose patience once you go on speaking. Therefore, be concise, brief and accurate in what you are saying and resist the temptation of going on and on. To put it in other words know where to stop.
· Refrain from Giving Excuses and Explanations
Believe us excuses and explanations are good for nothing rather would only let you down. Therefore, refrain from these. Once clearing your position seems inevitable offer a brief and concise statement to the fact but make sure you do not sound apologetic for a mistake you haven’t made.