How can the Way You Communicate Help You Be Better Understood? Part 1
If you are studying overseas, and learning a new language these 10 tips, brought to you in 2 parts, will help you be understood easier.
In 10 Tips for Effective Communication, Liz Kingsnorth shares some interesting techniques which you can use to improve your ability to communicate with others more clearly.
Improving your communication skills will help you better understood. As well, it will allow you to get your message across without misunderstandings.
1. Communicate with the best of intentions
All too often we go into a conversation wanting to get our point across. We want to be heard at all costs.
However, if we begin the process respectfully and with compassion we will be heard and what we have to say more readily accepted.
2. Listen more than your speak
A conversation is a two-way process, and while what you have to say is important, listening carefully to how the other person responds to you is as equally important.
If the other person feels that they have been heard, they will be more willing to listen to what you are saying.
3. Understand the other person before you speak
Be willing to open your ears and mind to the other person, and how she or he may be feeling. You will need to employ your compassion, generosity, self-control and respect.
Enter into a conversation curious, not furious, and you’ll get a lot further.
4. Understand the needs, wishes and values of the other person
Listen carefully the next time you are having a conversation, and see if you can hear the needs of the other person.
Is there something else they are trying to tell you that they have not conveyed in words?
This will be your opportunity to show empathy, and not blame or misjudge the other person.
5. Remain empathetic throughout the conversation
The art of practicing empathy means that you don’t immediately tell your story, you don’t interrogate with a lot of questions, you never judge or give advice; you don’t try to ‘one up’ the person by telling a similar experience you’ve had and; you don’t dismiss their feelings by telling them they’ll get over it.
Always remain calm and empathetic during a conversation, regardless of how difficult it might be.
You’ll find you will be much easier understood and appreciated.