It is not unusual sometimes to get ourselves lost in translation despite our best intentions. Since we were kids, we were always told to say what we mean but it is not as simple as that, because a good communication is influenced by many factors. And most of this factors are forgotten when we try to choose the right words.
The aim of this article is to give you a few valuable advices to communicate in an effective way.
Communication is about more than just exchanging information. It’s about understanding the emotion and intentions behind the information.
- – Try to listen and understand the other person
People often focus on what they should say, but effective communication is less about talking and more about listening. Listening well means not just understanding the words or the information being communicated, but also understanding the emotions the speaker is trying to communicate. There’s a big difference between listening and simply hearing. When you really listen you’ll hear the intonations in someone’s voice that tell you how that person is feeling and the emotions they’re trying to communicate. When you’re a listener, not only you will understand the other person, you’ll also make that person feel heard and understood, which can help to build a stronger between you.
- – Pay attention to non-verbal signs
When we communicate, we subconsciously do so many non-verbal expressions. Nonverbal communication, or body language, includes facial expressions, body movement and gestures, eye contact, posture, the tone of your voice, and even your muscle tension and breathing. The way you look, listen, move, and react to another person tells them more about how you’re feeling than words alone ever can.
Developing the ability to understand and use nonverbal communication can help you connect with others, express what you really mean, navigate challenging situations, and build better relationships at home and work.
- – Keep stress in check
To communicate effectively, you need to be aware of and in control of your emotions. And that means learning how to manage stress. When you’re stressed, you’re more likely to misread other people, send confusing or off-putting nonverbal signals, and lapse into unhealthy knee-jerk patterns of behavior.
In situations such as a job interview, business presentation, high-pressure meeting, or introduction to a loved one’s family, for example, it’s important to manage your emotions.