Improving Communication Skill

Communication is about more than just exchanging information. It’s about understanding the emotion and intentions behind the information.

 

Barriers to effective interpersonal communication

  1. Stress and out-of-control emotion
  2. Lack of focus
  3. Inconsistent body language
  4. Negative body language

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4 key skills to improve communication

  • Become an engaged listener

    • How do you become an engaged listener?
      1. Focus fully on the speaker
      2. Favor your right ear.
      3. Avoid interrupting or trying to redirect the conversation to your concerns
      4. Show your interest in what’s being said.
      5. Try to set aside judgement.
      6. Provide feedback.

 

  • Pay attention to nonverbal signals

    •  Tips for improving how you read nonverbal communication
      1. Be aware of individual differences.
      2. Look at nonverbal communication signals as a group.
      3. Use nonverbal signals that match up with your words.
      4. Adjust your nonverbal signals according to the context.
      5. Use body language to convey positive feelings

 

  • Keep stress in check

    1. Use stalling tactics to give yourself time to think.  
    2. Pause to collect your thoughts.
    3. Make one point and provide an example or supporting piece of information.
    4. Deliver your words clearly.
    5. Take a moment to calm down andTake a deep breath.
    6. Wrap up with a summary and then stop.

 

  • Assert yourself

    • To improve assertiveness
      1. Value yourself and your options.
      2. Know your needs and wants.
      3. Express negative thoughts in a positive way.
      4. Receive feedback positively.
      5. Learn to say “no.”

 

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Meditation and Yoga can improve your communication skills and enhance your abilities.              -Sri Sri Ravishankarji

Improve your Communication Skills with Yoga

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