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Whether you’re speaking at a sales conference, giving a wedding toast, talking to a colleague, or having a discussion with your teenage son, there will be a time this week when you will address an audience. It doesn’t matter if you are speaking to one person or one hundred people, there is nothing more exhilarating than to feel that you are in command when speaking. Being able to communicate your worth and persuade your clients, colleagues and kids is one of the most sought after traits.
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Nothing gets done in business or in your personal life without communication. If you want your relationships to improve, make it your goal to hone your communication skills.
- Listen: Give people your undivided attention. Listening shows that you respect the person and what the person has to say.
- Speak up: What you think matters and communication is a two way street.
- Inspire and Motivate: There are countless, informal ways to convey your passion to those around you. This should be done everyday, not just at a sales meeting or a performance review.
- Follow up: Stay connected with phone calls, emails and face to face conversations.
- Be Genuine: Discover your own communication style, the style that comes most naturally to you, the one that taps into your strengths and that you can then build on.
- Address a concern before it becomes an issue: Address it head on – offer a solution, be open to alternatives, and stay positive.
- Learn to tell a good story: Research shows that people are 20 times more likely to remember a fact when it’s part of a story. Practice telling positive stories using simple, direct language.
- Focus on the audience, not on yourself: A good communicator discovers what the audience needs and serves that purpose. Think of each talk that you give as a dialogue, not a monologue.
- Don’t confuse excellence with perfection: Doing your best is an attainable goal, being perfect, is not. One assures failure, the other, with lots of effort, creates success.
- Practice, hone, and always improve: Preparation is a habit of excellence. If you practice, you will be ready. You will be effective. You will succeed as a communicator.
Communication is a powerful tool that gives you the ability to inspire and energize those around you. Make it your goal to always look for ways to sharpen your communication skills.
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