How To Be A Better Communicator
Communication – it makes the world go round, right? Clear communication is important in almost every aspect of life, from personal relationships to professional success to accomplishing everyday activities..
Many jobs require strong communication skills, and typically, you’ll enjoy more enriching interpersonal relationships with the people in your life if you’re able to communicate effectively.
But communication is far more than just speaking to someone or writing words on a page. In fact, there are dozens of different types of communication. Knowing these types of communication, and understanding how they help you become a better communicator is a key to success.
So what entails good communication? How do you know if you’re a good communicator or if you could use some work? What are the types of communication you should be aware of?
We’re here to answer all of those questions. Here’s what you need to know.
What Are The Different Types Of Communication?
Some suggest that a majority of the communication we share with others comes from our body language – or our non-verbal cues.
According to the pioneer researcher of body language Albert Mehrabian, verbal communication accounts for only 7 percent of total impact in communication, while 38 percent comes from vocals (such as tone of voice, inflection, and other sounds), and 55 percent comes from nonverbal communication.
All of that to say, there’s more than just one way to communicate. In fact, there are dozens, but for the sake of brevity, we’ll go into some of the most common and most important formats for communication.
Verbal communication is exactly what it sounds like: talking. Verbal communication is simply speaking to another person to communicate. The medium for verbal communication is oral, but in reality verbal communication is so much more than just words.
Verbal communication encompasses both how you deliver the message and how you receive a message
Want To Communicate More Effectively In The Workplace? Do This!
Within the workplace, it’s absolutely critical to be able to communicate clearly and effectively. No matter what business you are in, the ability to speak with precision is essential.
If you work in marketing, your ability to communicate clearly with clients and coworkers ensures you deliver the desired product. In a retail store, communication with employees and customers ensures a good customer experience. In construction, good communication will ensure worker safety and project completion to specifications. In medicine, communication about your treatment is literally a life or death situation.
Clearly, good communication in all fields is a vital element of good business and proper customer service; a necessity for a career in communications.
Of course, this raises the question: How can you improve your workplace communication skills?
We’re going to break down the what, why, and how of effective workplace communication so that you achieve the best results.
Know Your Communication Types
Before you can improve your communication skills, you first need to know all the different things that make up workplace communication. There are probably numerous methods of communicating that you use constantly without giving them a second thought.
In our technological age, the most common form of workplace communication is email. While phone calls are still used on a frequent basis, email and other digital forms of communication (such as texts, tweets, and private messaging) are the primary methods of communication among business professionals.
Other types of digital communication that have revolutionized business are web-based meetings, video conferencing, shared online work-spaces, crowd sourcing, podcasting, blogging, and community websites within and between companies.