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January 04, 2019 2 min read

Taking the time to work on your communication skills is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

It makes things easier at home, work, basically wherever you'll come into contact with people.

Let's start off 2019 right with some solid ways to enhance your communication.

 

5. PowerPoint is Not Your Friend

 

 

 

There's a reason why Steve Jobs banned PowerPoint from being used - it doesn't work effectively.

It does not keep the audience engaged, and they don't listen to what you have to say.

Use your vocabulary and charisma to form an interesting narrative that will make your audience want to listen to you, instead of relying on a boring slideshow.

4. Keep Your Audience Engaged

 

 

This sounds tricky, but it's actually quite easy.

All you have to do is ask your listeners questions, talk to them like you're one-on-one, and make eye contact instead of staring above their heads.

This goes beyond work - at home or with your loved ones, when you're explaining something, ask clarifying questions so that they totally understand what you're saying.

3. Listen!

 


Learning to listen to somebody when they speak is a talent.

Make eye contact, nod your head, don't check your phone, but most importantly, don't think about what you're going to say in response; listen.

Once they're done talking, follow up with engaging questions about what they said so that it's very clear to them that you want to know the message they are trying to convey.

2. Body Language Speaks Levels

 

 

Verbal communication is not the only form of body language; your movement speaks volumes.

Start with fixing your posture; this shows that you are engaged in interested in what the person is saying, and confident in what you're saying.

Don't fold your arms in front of people. This is a subconscious sign of going in defense mode.

Finally, maintain solid eye contact. This shows that you are interested in what they have to say, and are confident when it is your turn to speak.

1. Listen to Constructive Criticism About Your Communication

 

 

If you have somebody who cares about you enough, they will tell you when your communication needs improvement.

For example, if someone says you mumble, then speak up.

If someone says you talk to fast, slow down.

Listen to how other people need to be spoken to, and you will improve your methods of communication across the wide spectrum of people.

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That's about it, do you have any suggestions?

Let me know in the comments section!

Here's to a 2019 loaded with loving & open communication.

Dan
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