Communication is more than just speaking some words, it is the way we use bundles of interpersonal skills as forms of communication, and these skills can be learned at any age.
Some people are very natural and skilled at using these interpersonal skills, others who did not naturally have this talent have nonetheless learned to use them effectively, and still others keep struggling to navigate the challenges of human communication.
3 Easy Tips for Effective Communication
Everyone knows someone who is just – well – awkward or imbalanced when it comes to talking and communicating with others.
Three Main Communication Styles
That awkward, imbalanced person might be too heavily influenced by one of the three main communication styles: aggressive, passive, or assertive.
To adjust for this type of communication imbalance, it can help to role play and practice different scenarios, focusing on the three main types of verbal and nonverbal communication: speaking, eye contact, and body language.
Practice Verbal Communication
The best way to improve your verbal communication skills is to practice speaking. If you feel silly practicing with
If you feel silly practicing with someone or asking someone to help you learn to speak more effectively:
- Use your imagination and go somewhere where no one can hear you, then practice talking.
- Use many different scenarios, because conversations rarely take the expected path and you will want to be comfortable discussing more than one topic.
Make Eye Contact but Avoid “Stalker Stare”
Eye contact can be tricky, too little shows disinterest and too much can be unsettling to others; so it’s a good idea to practice this in front of a mirror, and then, if possible, on a friend or family member.
- There is a fine line between making enough eye contact to show interest and unleashing a full-blown “stalker stare.”
- Oh, and remember to blink, because not blinking makes even a simple gaze resemble a stalker stare.
Practice Body Language
Body language can also be tough to master, so practice the body language you want to use in as many hypothetical situations as possible.
- Think of it as acting if that makes you feel more comfortable practicing, and have gestures ready for different things someone might say.
- Avoid closed off body language, such as arms crossed in front of the body, or slouching forward because these can be indicative of deception, disinterest, or disliking the other person – all things that can kill a conversation.
Verbal and nonverbal communication skills make up the bundle of communication skills you need to communicate effectively in life, and they are all skills you can practice and perfect.