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Tips on Becoming a More Effective Communicator

Tips on Becoming a More Effective Communicator

Author: Laurie Knafo/Tuesday, November 30, 2021/Categories: Blog, SNI Companies, SNI Financial, Industry Trends, SNI Certes, Industry Trends, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Effective communication, both verbal and nonverbal, are key to presenting your thoughts and knowledge in a confident manner. Whether you want to be more persuasive during your next presentation, or simply have a more engaging conversation, effective communication is an important skill that can help you achieve success in all areas of your life. Here are a few simple steps to becoming a more successful communicator…

 

Know Your Audience

Your communication style should be influenced by who you’re talking to or who you are writing for. Depending on who you’re communicating with, you’ll want to modify your language and be mindful not to use acronyms or specific industry terms unless that applies to your audience. Don’t assume that your audience knows what you know. It’s better to provide more details, or a further explanation, to help them understand your topic.

 

Be Concise

When it comes to effective communication, less is more. Especially when writing, ask yourself if you’re adding filler words or phrases to your sentences and if there’s a way to say it more concisely. Start with writing your main points and elaborate as necessary. In email especially, try to keep it under 3 sentences and cut any jargon that isn’t necessary.

 

Listen More

Communication is a two-way street, and the most effective communicators are also the best listeners. If instead of being present and truly listening, you're focusing on what you’re going to say next, you’ll end up missing out on important comments, reactions, or body language cues. By staying focused and giving the other person your undivided attention, you’ll make them feel like their opinion matters.

 

Be Mindful of Body Language

When speaking, be mindful of your tone and body language. Even if you’re saying something agreeable, if your body language is defensive or standoffish, that’s what others will be influenced by. To be an effective communicator, have a friendly and welcoming posture; have your arms uncrossed, make eye-contact, and have a genuine smile on your face.

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