Human beings have been given the power to communicate, both verbally and nonverbally. In order to survive in today’s world one simply has to go beyond mastering one’s professional field as at every step and phase of life and career one needs to be communicative to prove one’s talents and make oneself heard in this big crowd of competitive minds.
Many interviewers test the candidate’s communication skills, one excels more than the other due to a good mastering of communication skills and even in personal relationships and marriages one becomes happy and successful with effective communication skills.
Communication skills have gained so much importance and popularity that big companies are arranging special training classes on effective communication skills for the employees.
Communication can be both verbal and nonverbal. Nonverbal communication includes body language, facial gestures, eye contact etc. A number of communication cues keep being exchanged between individuals and groups all the time; one has to be alert and intelligent to communicate as well as receive the communication cues effectively.
One has to be well aware and conscious of the surroundings as well of one’s own self so that no negative communication or miscommunication are sent to the receiver. Most of our emotions become apparent through our facial gestures, body reactions and language; like frowning, perspiration, blushing or folding the hands etc. Sometimes wrong communication may jeopardize a career prospect or a relation.
To develop effective communication skills one should first develop good listening and speaking skills. Attitude is also a factor; one has to be assertive rather than aggressive or submissive. A positive attitude like showing responsibility, an enthusiastic and cheerful disposition along with a good dressing sense becomes the base for effective communication.
For effective communication in relationships one should first remain focused; that is one should only convey thoughts and feelings related to the topic of discussion and not deviate to create confusion. As already discussed listening is one of the most important communication tools and hearing the other’s point of view is as important as conveying one’s own point of view.
Responding to criticism in a positive way, taking responsibility rather than blaming, adjusting to a suitable extent are some of the effective communication skills.