We all know the feeling: You're in a meeting and someone is droning on and on, and you can feel your eyes start to glaze over.
Before you open your mouth, take a step back and think about who you're talking to and what their needs are.
When it comes to effective communication, less is almost always more. Get to the point quickly and use clear, concise language.
Along with eye contact, using facial expressions is an important way to connect with your audience.
Appropriate hand gestures in body language can emphasize your opinion or perspective and can be very useful for public speaking.
One of the biggest ways to perfect your message is to make sure that your tone of voice matches what you are trying to convey.
Active listening takes practice to improve and maintain. The more you use these techniques, the more natural they’ll feel.
To clarify, try one of the following questions: I’d like to understand your thoughts further. Could you tell me more about…? I like your ideas.
Another way to be sure you’ve understood what the other person is saying is to repeat what you heard using your own words.
Summarize your key points to ensure that your audience has understood your message.
after your conversation to ensure that your message has been received and understood.
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