9 Simple tips for effective and impactful communication

Have you ever presumed that your audience understood what you said even before taking feedback from them?

What did you realize later? You were right or wrong?

Most probably wrong right?

Do you know which form of communication is effective either Verbal or Non Verbal?

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How do we influence someone to take action through communicating IT right?

Do you want to become a charismatic leader that everyone loves to talk to?

Communication plays a critical role in maintaining healthy personal and professional relationships.

Undoubtedly communication has been the most important skill to succeed in everything we do and will forever be!

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something”

Let’s start with the basics of communication:

According to Merriam Webster “Communication is the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc., to someone else.”

Anything which conveys an idea is communication.

And if you get your ideas to the recipient, you did it effectively!

Inspired by our conversation with Sowmya Narayanan part of #TGV46, we would like to share 9 most simple, time proven tips for and communication in this post.

#1: Simplicity

If your communication skills are good, you can RULE the world. Anything is possible through Effective communication, even one can establish peace among countries by clearly articulating thoughts.

Effective communication doesn’t mean speaking posh English using great vocabulary but the ability to convey what you intend to using simple words

And now you know why They say KISS (Keep It Simple Silly)!

“Communicate unto the other person that which you would want him to communicate unto you if your positions were reversed” ~Aaron Goldman

#2: Take Action

Purpose of the most business communications is to take action.

1. Your idea has to be heard by others and actions must be taken based on it.

2. You also have to listen to others and take action against them.

“If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect”

~Benjamin Franklin

Learn from leaders that are inspiring you to take actions through their wonderful communication.

#3 Listen more:

By nature’s design, We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

Let us understand the importance of listening through below profound quotes.

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say

It is hard to listen when you are talking, or when you are thinking of a response

The biggest mistake by most human beings:

  • Listening Half
  • Understanding Quarter,
  • Telling Double

Practice active listening by listening with an intent to understand. You’ll notice the difference.

#4: Foster relationships

You will be able to foster relationships when you let others “ speak “, engaging in a monologue doesn’t help you achieve your objectives.

A good communicator understands the listeners, connect with them and inspires them to action not just once but multiple times

Long term business relations go a long way in this fast paced world. Effective communication fosters better relationships.

#5: Chose the right Mode of communication

The oral form of communication is better when the communications need to be quick and flexible, but the written form of communication is much better when you want your audience to understand and retain the details.

It is always better to write something that uplifts other spirits.

A simple hand written thank you note might help you win the hears of people that you work with!

But remember, never write a letter while you are angry!

The intent of the communication is the deciding factor here. So chose the best one as appropriate!

#6: Follow Three Hallmarks of a great speaker

1. Brevity — Write less and say more by unleashing the power of brevity)

Less is more

2. Clarity — Avoid ambiguous and confusing words/statements. Follow the KISS principle(Tip#1 above😊)

3. Impactful — deliver meaningful messages to inspire change

By embracing these three golden rules of communication in your communication, you will embark on your journey of becoming a great speaker!

#7 Practice, Practice and Practice

There’s no better technique than practice for achieving perfection and getting better

1. Practice and more practice. Communicate without hesitation. Keep it a rule that you speak to your near ones or friends only in English when conversing with them. Even if you don’t speak well in the beginning — its okay. Cos you are surrounded by your people!

2. Learn to project your ideas in multiple ways, this will help in making people understand your ideas better.

3. Clear thoughts lead to clear communications. First be clear in what you want to achieve through the conversation!

Good communication takes time, practice and Patience

#8: Get out of the illusion

The untold truth about communication in the words of George Bernard Shaw.

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place”

Seeking timely feedback and also getting acknowledgement from the recipients might be a good idea to confirm that they understood what you meant

#9: Empathy

You can stand out from crowd by practicing empathetic communication. Importance & Impact of empathy can be understood from below quotes.

Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another

Empathy is communicating that incredibly healing message of “you are not alone”

Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself

Practicing empathy will truly make the effort to listen and understand.

Be curious.

Learn the why not just the what!

Here are a few more quotes that resonate the importance of communication

“Communication works for those who work at it.”

~John Powell

“Communication — the human connection — is the key to personal and career success.”

Paul J. Meyer

If you haven’t tuned into #TGV46, here are the links:

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These are just the time proven tips on Effective Communication based on our experience and research.

Would love to understand from you on the effective communication strategies that worked well for you — please leave your comments and also feel free to tag the leaders that inspired you with their communication style.

Do not forget to share your suggestions or feedback at theguidingvoice4u@gmail.com or by messaging at +91 9494 587 187

Portion of this post is compiled by our #TGV intern Abhijeet Sen

Connect with #TGV hosts on LinkedIn:

Naveen Samala: https://www.linkedin.com/mwlite/in/naveensamala

Sudhakar Nagandla: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nvsudhakar

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