Effective Communication

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‘You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.”
Lee Iacocca

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Even though we communicate everyday, the ability to do so effectively is much harder than we might think. Many people avoid to use the basics, and as a result you can have brilliant ideas, but if you can not get them across, your ideas willl not get you anywhere.

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Many find themselves being misunderstood, as they have fail to get their message across. Learning to communicate effectively and get our message across is actually not as difficult as it may seem.

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The main thing to effectively getting your message across is preparation. Prepare what it is you would like to say to them, and what it is exactly that you want them to do. It is important before you communicate to them that you have the task completely clear in your own head.

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After mentally preparing what it is you want to communicate, consider whether it will be clear enough simply in a verbal manner. It is often difficult for people to absorb a great deal of information at once, and it can be helpful to provide them with some written notes for later reference.

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Before starting, make sure that you can do so in the correct environment. Ensure that you will be uninterrupted whilst you communicate – it is easy to become distracted and lose the strength of the message you are conveying. Telephone calls and other visitors very easily limit the effectiveness of messages being communicated if they encroach upon when it is being done.

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With good preparation, effective communication is much easier, as you are likely to sound much clearer and sure of yourself. Being precise is an undervalued gift when communicating; by sounding precise you are far more likely to grasp the attention of your listener.

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Communicating is a two-way thing, even when it is in a situation that you are trying to get your message across to others. It is as important to listen to what your listener has to say, as it is for them to be listening to what you say.

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As well as clarifying with your listener that they have understand, it is also important to make it clear what it is you want from them. Define what the end result will be, or what it is precisely you want to achieve.

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Tips for effective communication;
Preparation
Consider writing down details for clarification
Make sure you are uninterrupted
Be precise
Check the listener understands what they are being told
Define the end result
Set a deadline
If necessary, follow up instructions

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Communication is a two way thing . if you find yourself not being understood, consider your communication style. Is it really as effective as you thought?

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“Developing excellent communication skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership. The leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others.”
Gilbert Amelio

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