Today, I’m gonna talk about how you can be a great communicator.
Now, so many people are great speakers.
They’re confident, they know what they’re talking about, their grammar is perfect, basically, they just speak so well.
But you see, speaking well doesn’t necessarily make you a great communicator.
This is why I see a lot of people, amazing speaker, give a talk and still fail to engage the audience.
Mind you, these speakers are industry experts.
So, it’s not really about the way you talk, or how much you know about the topic.
Now, the lesson I learned from my speaking engagements, and from making this article,
Is that great communication does these things:
First, it connects you with people. With your audience.
Second, it engages them.
And third, it makes them act.
That’s pretty much it.
Okay, so, sometimes, knowing how to communicate well makes a lot of difference.
Sometimes it’s the one thing you need to negotiate with a client or to solve a problem in a team.
If you wanna be promoted to a leadership role, then you’re also gonna need it.
Alright, let’s move on.
So, if you wanna be a great communicator, you can do it this way.
So, the first thing, empathy. Know who you’re speaking to.
If you’re talking to a group, try to do it like this:
Imagine you’re talking to one person and not just a room of people.
Let’s say you’re explaining a project to a different team.
Try to avoid “jargon” words, you don’t wanna leave anyone out, stick to language everyone can understand well.
Another thing to remember, great communication means not only explaining the facts, but connecting emotionally.
So instead of just talking about the facts, you might want to try sharing personal experiences.
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Alright, let’s continue.
Another thing you need to be a great communicator is this. Preparation.
I’m not telling you to prepare a script for your next meeting or presentation.
But you see, it’s like this,
Whenever you communicate,
It’s better to prepare by knowing your intent. Know what you want to achieve.
It could be to convince, to explain, or simply, to inform.
Understand what it is you wanna do.
It’s gonna help your thoughts flow naturally.
Okay, so now I wanna talk to you about another thing.
Now, this is important. Active listening.
It’s a simple way to make sure that you’re not just talking,
But, at the same time, you’re also engaging your audience.
When you listen actively, you don’t just pay attention to words,
But you also look at non-verbal connection.
Eye contact is good. And there’s no need to avoid hand gestures.
Alright, and then, give yourself more time to listen.
If someone is asking you a question, then what you can do is this,
Let them finish talking or asking the question. Then you can think about the answer.
Give feedback, ask questions. But, never interrupt. Never cut them off.
That’s what active listening is.
Try to practice it the next time you’re in a meeting. Or even in an interview.
You see, it’s one of the things that make you a great communicator.
Alright, so that’s it for this article.