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Top 5 ways to improve your communication skills: Step 5

Oct 27, 2015

Top 5 ways to improve your communication skills: Step 5

The 5th and final step in our series has arrived.

5) Make sure you’re understood

There are certain times in our lives that we need to make sure we understand everything. That’s when clarifying information becomes important. If we want to double-check, we can ask for clarification. If we want to make sure that someone has understood, you can request confirmation that someone has received the message. This type of clarification is especially useful in business meetings, ad-hoc interactions where time important.

What about making sure you’re being understood while communicating. You might be communicating by talking to a person directly, or you might be writing down something for them to read. It could be any way of communication.

If you are communicating with your colleague and you aren’t being understood in the first place, there is absolutely no point carrying on with the conversation, just have the courage to stop and reassess. Is this worthy of carrying on because it is related to a  that you’re engaging in. The best way to get your ideas across while communicating is to keep it simple.

You needn’t use big and complicated words, or you needn’t beat around the bush. Be extremely direct and to the point. Make it extremely easy for the person to understand what you are trying to communicate and what you wish to receive from him or her. Every good communication process is a two way process. You send across your ideas and you receive a response.

If you aren’t understood in the first place, you wouldn’t receive the desired response that’s needed for smooth communication. So keep it simple while communicating and be straight-forward. Everybody loves a simple and straight individual!

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