What makes an everlasting impact on the listener’s mind? Is it the hand-gestures that you make, or your facial expression or is it the apt use of words and effective sentences? Have you ever given a serious thought on how to be an effective communicator? What are the basic needs of communication? What needs to be taken care of while we deliver our thoughts? Effective communication is essential for getting your work done. Let us look at five tips that can help you to be an effective communicator.
1. Be a Communicator, Not a Dictator:
Most of the times we are surrounded with a problem or some sort of confusion, which acts as barrier to listening. Your listeners also experience the same; employees and customers are overloaded 24/7 with information. So, try to be a communicator to make people lend ears to you. You can achieve this by making complex things simple and follow the repetition to make them grasp the true information.
2. Planning is What Makes a Difference:
It is vital to plan your communication. Effective communicators rehearse their thoughts and words before engaging with the audience. You must plan your dialogue or your approach irrespective of the fact that you are talking to one person or to a group of people. Keep your objective in mind and prepare of any possible questions or objections.
3. Don’t Use Just Words:
Effective communication cannot be built on words alone. It needs to be a complete package. Research has proven that human brain only accepts and understands 10% of the total words used in communication. Your non-verbal skills play an important role in communicating effectively. Hand Gestures, attitude, posture, facial expressions, tone and pitch of voice play a crucial role in any communication. You must ensure that your tone is polite and your pitch is medium. Talking too loudly or too slowly can be distracting for the listener.
4. Be a Good Listener at The Same Time:
A good speaker is always a good listener, never try to rule out what is hidden between the lines, most of the times when you are in authority to deliver you thoughts, you must stop, look and listen. Communication is a two way process, which is completed only once the listener gives feedback and to get that, one must pay attention with both eyes and ears wide open. A good listener always faces their audience and makes a note of even the smallest gestures made by them.
5. Use an Effective “Three Tells” Approach:
Last but not the least, it is repetition, which brings a flare to the effective communication. Putting a needful stress to the information leaves an impression on their mind, to achieve this, the most preferred and highly recommended approach is to make them aware thrice and tell them thrice about what you are going to tell, secondly, tell them the main content and lastly remind them of what you have told. Using this approach helps your audience retain a major part of the communication.