Five Tips for Effective Communication 

by | Apr 3, 2024 | Leadership, Personal Development

Effective Communication doesn’t always come easy, but it’s a very necessary part of, well, everything. Our lives wouldn’t exist as we know them without talking and connecting with others, in some capacity. So, it goes without saying that the way in which we communicate is SUPER important.  

Time to step it up in the communication department? Ready to climb a little further out of your shell to better articulate your thoughts and feelings? If so, you’ve come to the right place. I’m sharing five quick and easy tips to help you communicate with confidence. 

Be aware of your body language. 

Communication isn’t solely based on what you say. Sometimes, it’s what you don’t say that truly speaks volumes. Here are simple ways to improve your body language to give off a more positive vibe. 

  • Make eye contact (but, like, not in an awkward way … read this post for tips). 
  • Face the person you’re talking to and lean in toward them, slightly. This will show that you’re interested in the conversation! 
  • Avoid fidgeting. 
  • Uncross your arms and place them at your sides. 
  • Smile … it goes a long way. 😊  

Eliminate distractions.  

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who won’t stop checking the time? Or someone who won’t look up from their phone? Don’t be that person. When distractions come knocking (or ringing), choose to ignore them and focus on the people you’re with. Having trouble ignoring them? Turn off your notifications, altogether! 

A woman stands on a stage with a spotlight shining on her in front of a large arena filled with people.

Give others the spotlight. 

You’ve got big ideas you want to share, and you want to make sure those ideas are being heard. Is there anything wrong with that? Not at all. Just make sure that you’re giving other people the opportunity to share their big ideas, too! Ask people for their opinions. Rather than interrupting, truly listen to what they have to say and show that you’re interested. The magic happens when we learn to collaborate with one another

Think before you speak.  

It’s so easy to blurt out the first thing that comes to mind, especially if you’re in a conversation that has you a little anxious or feeling big feelings. But as the old proverb goes, “The tongue should have three gatekeepers: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?” Take that extra second or two to pause and put some thought into what you’re going to say next.  

A letter board reads “Good Vibes Only.”

Be respectful.  

This is the golden rule of communication, whether you’re talking to a friend, the leader of your team, or a stranger on the street. The fact is, we’re human and that means that we don’t always have the exact same thoughts and opinions as the person sitting next to us. But even though we’re not all the same, we can always, always choose to be kind to one another.  

There you have it—five easy ways to improve your communication skills! It’s important to remember that great and effective communication requires practice, so give yourself grace as you work to better yourself. In time, you’ll be walking into conversations with more confidence than ever before! 

Learning to be a great communicator is important to your success, and so is goal setting! Read my post for ideas on how to set goals and make them happen