Tips to Become a Better Communicator

By Michelle Leitzy
October 30, 2018

Being an effective communicator can be a challenge for many, even the most seasoned professional. But with some practice, patience and time, it is a skill that you can always improve.

Below are 10 timeless tips from Success Magazine that can help you master the art of communicating. Give a few a try at your next office meeting or even family dinner. They can apply to almost any situation or with any audience, including your boss, co-workers, clients, stakeholders and even your family and friends.

  1. Give a valuable takeaway. Decide on one thing that will deliver value – an actionable item that people can walk away with.
  2. Be a good listener. This is key! Don’t dominate the conversation.
  3. Pick the opportune time to speak. Find a gap within the conversation to insert your point of view.
  4. Be the unifying voice. Unify everyone’s thoughts and then insert your own point.
  5. Keep your responses succinct. Keep it simple to show you respect others’ time.
  6. Don’t be the person who needs to comment on everything. The person who rarely talks usually catches others’ attention.
  7. Cut the fluff. Get straight to the point.
  8. Prepare ahead of time. Write down a few key points you want to make and practice ahead of time.
  9. Smile. Be positive! It shows you are actively listening and engaged in the conversation.
  10. Validate, then share. Repeat back what you heard and then add your own perspective.

What other tips would you add to this list?