3 Ways You Can Improve Your Communications Skills
Regardless of business role you are in, effective written and verbal communications skills are essential. Whether you are writing an email or pitching for new business, the ability to convey yourself professionally is a crucial skill to have. For some, communication skills come naturally to them, however others have to work for years to perfect them. Regardless of what stage you are at, look to implement one of the following suggestions below to improve your communications skills.
1. Live outside of your comfort zone
As personal business coach Brian Tracy said, “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new”. Even the best public speakers are bound to have feared speaking in front of an audience once upon a time. If presenting at a group meeting or pitching to clients is a fear of yours, take it upon yourself to do it more often. While it will feel uncomfortable at first, the more you practice it, the more comfortable you will feel. With experience comes confidence, and this act will assist greatly in bettering your communications skills.
2. Commit to professional development
Whether you undertake further education, seek out a mentor or commit to reading more often – your communications skills are bound to flourish. Tasks such as group projects, essay writing and reading industry articles can contribute greatly to written and oral communication abilities. This exposure to new ideas can increase your knowledge of new vocabulary, while written assessments allow you to hone in on writing skills. Regardless of the method, professional development facilitates a more detailed understanding of subject matters, contributing to a greater ability to convey one’s self.
3. Attend networking events
While networking is a crucial stepping-stone for business professionals, it is also a great way to improve ones communication skills. Most events comprise of a guest speaker, which is a fantastic opportunity to watch a professional presenter at work. Not only will you learn valuable information, you will also be able to analyse how he or she conducts themselves in front of an audience. In addition, you will build interpersonal skills when networking with fellow guests after the presentation. At these events, you will learn to build valuable relationships through these encounters, and in turn build on your oral communications skills.
What do you think?
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This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.
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