Wellness Brief: Become a Communication Pro
by MINES and Associates
Being a good communicator doesn’t just involve good speaking skills; it’s about being a good listener, too. To communicate better in all areas of your life, use the following tips to help you develop your abilities and connect with others more effectively.
In the office setting, you can be a more effective communicator with fellow employees by:
Ask for Responses
It’s important to leave time and space available so that you can allow others to share. By asking for others’ opinions and thoughts, you’ll show that you care about their feelings. As a result, colleagues and others may come to you more often about concerns or ideas. Ask the following questions to show your interest:
“Do you feel OK about this?”
Whether you’re communicating one-on-one or among a group:
Try not to make assumptions around what the other person already knows. Make sure the person knows all the information and has a basic understanding of what you are speaking.
Consider Non-Verbal Cues
When you’re speaking to someone, it’s not just your words that are important. Think about the messages you are sending through tone of voice and body language:
Tone of voice:
If your body language and tone of voice send a different message than your words, try to find out why. Are you really saying what you mean?
Respond to the person who is talking by giving active feedback like, “Uh-huh,” or “Please, go on.”
Practice the tips above to help develop your listening and speaking skills. Communication skills take time and practice, but the more you work at it, the more effective you’ll be. D
Published as part of MINES & Associates Personal Advantage services and available at MINESandAssociates.com. Originally written and published by Life Advantages – Author Delvina Miremadi ©2010.
Wellness Brief is a monthly column that will look at all aspects of health and living well and offer tips on how to bring well-being to your daily life. Is there a topic you would like to read about? Please email suggestions to Docket Editor Sara Crocker, at firstname.lastname@example.org.