Looking to improve your personal, face-to-face communication? You’re far from alone. In an age where the majority of our communication happens from behind a screen, many of us struggle with clarity in our real-time connections. Below are several tips for having clearer communication.
Make eye contact.
Direct eye contact can go a long way in having a clear conversation. Not only will it help you pick up on non-verbal cues, but it will show respect - you’re not staring off into space.
Communication is often stalled when one (or more) parties involved simply awaits their turn to speak. This limits our attention and makes it nearly impossible to truly hear what the other person is saying. When someone is speaking, try hard to clear your mind and focus on what they’re saying, and how they’re saying it.
Write it out.
While face-to-face communication is vital for all relationships, whether they’re personal or professional, when you’re in a heated or complicated situation, writing out your thoughts down can be helpful. Whether you actually send what you’ve written to the person you need to communicate with or just use it as practice for what you will say when the time comes, getting your thoughts and feelings down on paper can be a useful tool.
Published with permission from RISMedia.