Words In Pen: Communication Skills – A Vital Tool in Human Lives. Part 1. – Georgina Ijachi
Being able to communicate effectively is perhaps the most important of all life skills. It is what enables us to pass information to other people and to understand what is said to us. You only have to watch a balistening intently to its mother and trying to repeat the sounds that she makes to understand how fundamental is the urge to communicate.
Developing your communication skills can help all aspects of your life, from your professional life to social gatherings and everything in between. The ability to communicate information accurately, clearly, and as intended is a vital life skill and something that should not be overlooked. It’s never too late to work on your communication skills, and bydoing so, you may well find that you improve your quality of life.
Communication skills are needed in almost all aspects of life. Professionally, if you are applying for jobs or looking for a promotion with your current employer, you will almost certainly need to demonstrate good communication skills. Many of these are essential skills that most employers seek, such as speaking appropriately with a wide variety of people, maintaining good eye contact, demonstrating a varied vocabulary, tailoring your language to your audience, listening effectively, presenting your ideas appropriately, writing clearly and concisely, and working well in a group. As your career progresses, the importance of communication skills increases; the ability to speak, listen, question, and write with clarity and conciseness is essential.
In your personal life, good communication skills can improve your relationships byhelping you to understand others and to be understood. It is almost a cliché that personal relationships need communication. Failure to talk has been blamed for the breakdown of any number of partnerships and relationships, but the ability to listen is also an important element. Communication is also vital in wider family relationships, whether you want to discuss arrangements for holidays or ensure that your teenage children are well and happy.
Communication is not the same as broadcasting or simply sending out information. It is a two-way process that involves both the sending and receiving of information. It, therefore, requires both speaking and listening, but also, and perhaps more crucially, developing a shared understanding of the information being transmitted and received. If you are the ‘sender’ of information, this means communicating it clearly to start with (whether in writing or face-to-face), then asking questions to check your listeners’ understanding. If you are the recipient, it means listening carefully to the information, then checking that you have understood byreflecting or asking questions to ensure that you both have the same understanding of the situation. Communication is an active process; there is nothing passive about it in either direction.
GEORGINA ENEKOLE IJACHI
Georgina E. Ijachi shall be unveiling the four tools of communication skills one after the other for the next four weeks. Stay glued to words in Pen of iambestnewtworks. You just can’t afford to miss this knowledge.
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