We interact with people daily, even when we stay home all day. We still communicate with other through our phones, computers, and other technologies. Being silent, and avoiding talking to people still counts as communicating, because you’re using non-verbal cues to communicate that you don’t want to talk. Communication is all around us and we need to be aware of it.
Not only do we need to be aware of communication, we need to always work on improving it. Communication is one of the most fundamental things in our lives and better your skills can only help you. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, having a sense of belonging, or sense of community is the third most basic need of every person. In order to have a sense of belonging, one must be able to communicate with others around them.
There are several ways to improve your communication skills. However if you’re looking to improve your skills tremendously, watching experienced communicators can help. There are several TEDtalks on communication that can be very useful. These are a few tips that will help anyone improve their skills at communicating.
- Be relatable
- Emphasize key points
- Have a sense of humor
- Actively listen
- Respond in a timely matter
- Analogies can be helpful
- Adapt to situations
Communication is a part of our daily lives, so why not improve it? Even if you don’t like being social, improving your communication skills will give you a better perspective of the world and people around you. The better you are at communicating, both verbally and non-verbally, the more likely you are to recognize others communication habits.
Being a more effective communicator is a win-win for everyone. You’ll notice a change in your relationships with friends and family when you improve your communication skills. This is because you’ll become a better listener and become more empathetic over time. Becoming a more effective communicator is beneficial to everyone.