People have a fundamental desire to communicate with one another. … Your communication abilities assist you in understanding others—not just their words, but also their tone of voice and nonverbal cues. The format of their written documents can tell you a lot about who they are and what their values and priorities are.
There is far more to conversation than anyone, including me, could ever comprehend. You can go through talk shows, radio programmes, public speaking clubs, and ordinary conversations; certain rules still apply when it comes to interaction through words.
I know it sounds tedious, but even though your mouth is doing the work, your brain works twice as hard to churn out a lot of what you know.
So, what better way to begin learning to communicate effectively than to get to know the person closest to you: yourself?
- Describe your knowledge.
Education is all about learning the fundamentals, but becoming an effective speaker requires putting what you’ve learned into practice.
My stint as a guest at every Toastmasters meeting I attend has taught me that while we all have limitations, we can learn to keep up and share what we know.
- Paying attention.
It is equally important as asking questions.
Listening to the sound of our own voice can sometimes teach us to be a little more confident in ourselves and to say what we believe in with conviction.
We all make mistakes, and sometimes we slur our words, stutter, and most likely mispronounce certain words even though we know what they mean, but we rarely use it to impress listeners.
So, if you’re in a group, don’t be afraid to ask if you’re saying the right word correctly, and if they’re unsure, make a joke about it.
I guarantee it will make everyone laugh, and you will be able to get away with it as well.
- Make Eye Contact
When it comes to directing your attention to your audience with an eye-catching gaze, there’s a lot to say.
Even if he or she is stunning, it is critical that you maintain your focus when speaking to a large group in a meeting or gathering.
- joking around
When giving a speech, a little levity can go a long way toward relieving tension or, worse, boredom.
That way, you’ll capture the attention of the majority of the audience and make them feel as approachable and human to those who listen as you are to those who don’t.
- Be the same as the rest of them.
Mingling with other people is the essence of the interaction.
You’ll get a lot of ideas, as well as learn about how people make them.
7. Me, Myself, and I
Admit it, you occasionally sing to yourself in the shower.
I’m sure I do!
Listening to the sound of your own voice while practising your speech in front of a mirror can help you correct your pitch’s stress areas.
You can also spruce up while you’re at it.
A smile, like an eye contact, says it all.
Unless it’s awake, there’s no point in grimacing or frowning in a meeting or gathering.
When you have a better grasp on what you’re saying, you can say it more clearly.
- A Good Example
You’ve probably listened to at least one or two people in your life when they’re speaking in public or at church.
Sure, they read their lines, but paying attention to how they emphasise what they say can help you once you’re on stage.
Make the most of your preparation rather than just scribbling notes in a hurry.
Some people like to write things down on index cards, while others get a little silly when they look at their notes written on the palm of their hand (not for clammy hands, please).
Simply be at ease with what you know because you enjoy your work.
That’s all there is to it.
These suggestions are a little amateurish on the surface, but I’ve learned to empower myself when it comes to public or private speaking, and it never hurts to be around people and listen to how they make conversations and meetings far more enjoyable and educational.