Effective CommunicationFeb 10, 2021
How we speak and write, particularly in a professional setting, makes a strong impression. As you work towards communicating more effectively, you’ll improve those all-important first impressions.
How To Get Started
One of the best ways to improve your writing and speaking is to get into a reading habit. Reading a variety of texts and books will expose you to various ideas, new words, and a variety of thought concepts. You will start to absorb this information and improve your communication skills without trying.
Don’t be afraid to read a wide range of material from informational texts and trade publications to your favorite fiction. Each book or report communicates something, and you’ll learn from it in one way or another. Read regularly and make grabbing a book a daily habit.
Improving Your Skills
Another great way to improve your skills is to keep a journal. Daily writing practice will help you get better at formulating ideas with the help of a pen. This will serve you well when the time comes to write a paper, or send an important email.
When it comes to speaking clearly, our fear of public speaking is what holds us back the most. Make yourself get out there and address a crowd. Joining a speaking club like ToastMasters can be helpful in getting in the extra practice and overcoming your fear. Joining a local theater group or attending a stand-up comedy workshop are other good ideas. See what’s available to you locally and step outside of your comfort zone when it comes to speaking in front of people.