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Clear Communication Skills Blogs

Communication is essential because, in order to succeed, you need to gain the willing cooperation of others. In order to gain to that, you need to communicate effectively. Effective communication is CLEAR communication.

Clear communication occurs when your words convey only ONE meaning.
UNCLEAR communication occurs when your words convey multiple meanings.

When your words convey multiple meanings, you are creating the conditions for chaos, since each person who hears your message, interprets it differently.

When the team hears an unclear, indistinct or vague communication, each member acts according to their own interpretation; and the net result is chaos.

If you want to be a good communicator then you need to think, write and speak in clear and unambiguous terms.

In order to clarify your meaning, you need to master four skills.

  1. How to use specific rather than vague terms
  2. Giving definitions for all your major terms
  3. Defining your terms numerically
  4. Defining your terms by using visual images

You need to avoid using words and phrases that are too abstract; and that mean something different to each member of the group. For example, if I said, “Go out and do the RIGHT THING!”. The term, Right Thing means something different to each person.

And in the same way, if a person says, “Our Tax system must be fair”, the meaning of the word “Fair” means something different for everyone who hears it.

Therefore, you need to be ready, willing and able to define and specify every term that is capable of misunderstanding. Because the following law is true.
Whatever can be misunderstood, will be misunderstood.

And your task as a communicator is to transfer knowledge without misunderstanding.

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Blogs in this Category

  • How to Improve the Way you Speak

    09 November 2018

    How to improve the way you speak The way you speak is about what you say and how you say it. It is an interesting fact that people make many assumptions about your intelligence, ability, potential and social status, based upon the way you speak. Your levels of professional and personal... Continue Reading >

    How to Improve the Way you Speak
  • What are Good Communication Skills?

    30 October 2018

    What are good communication skills? Communication may be defined as "the accurate transfer of information and / or emotion from one mind to another". Good communication skills are defined as those techniques that allow for accurate transfer of information. Communication skills fall into three main categories: Linguistic (speaking and writing). Voice... Continue Reading >

    What are Good Communication Skills?
  • Six Essential Business Communication Skills

    05 October 2018

    Six Essential Business Communication Skills To persuade people to do business with you, you need to develop the following business six communication skills: 1. Make initial contact and a good first impression. Before you can do business with a person, you must first make contact. During that first contact you must... Continue Reading >

    Six Essential Business Communication Skills
  • What is a Good Communication Style?

    24 August 2018

    What is good communication style? Definition: A good communication style is one that is: Relaxed Clear Credible Persuasive, and with a Positive intent Nelson Mandela, during his later years, epitomises the concept of a good communication style. Mandela is perceived to be someone who communicated in a clear, credible, persuasive manner... Continue Reading >

    What is a Good Communication Style?
  • How to be a Better Communicator

    20 July 2018

    4 ways to be a better communicator Being able to communicate effectively, is essential both at work and in your personal relationships. Here are the best four ways to improve your communication skills: Talk about what you want, not what you don't want. Use specific rather than vague language. Give logical... Continue Reading >

    How to be a Better Communicator
  • Communication Skills In Business

    05 June 2018

    Communication Skills in Business In business, you need to use language effectively in order to give proper feedback. Look at the diagram below and you will see why feedback is an important concept in professional and business communication. Feedback is the communication of information that relates to a person's recent actions... Continue Reading >

    Communication Skills In Business
  • Four Steps to Improve your Communication Skills

    22 May 2018

    Four Steps to Improve Your Communication Skills Here are the best four ways to improve your communication skills. Talk about what you want, not what you don't want. Use specific rather than vague language. Give logical reasons to support every opinion, plan or suggestion. Always be polite. More specifically; 1. Talk... Continue Reading >

    Four Steps to Improve your Communication Skills
  • Communication Skills: Clear, Rational and Positive

    15 May 2018

    Communication Skills: Clear, Rational and Positive Your communication should always be: 1. Clear. People should always be able to understand what you mean. 2. Rational. Back your message with as many "reasons to believe" that what you say, is true and good. 3. Positive. Ensure that your message has a positive... Continue Reading >

    Communication Skills: Clear, Rational and Positive
  • Communication Skills for Sales People

    23 February 2018

    All organisations, to some degree, need to be able to sell. As sales people, you need to improve the following skills: 1. Making a good first impression. 2. Full analysis of customer needs, wants and DON'T wants. 3. Presentation and explanation of products and services. 4. Answering objections and questions. 5... Continue Reading >

    Communication Skills for Sales People
  • How to Communicate Positive Feedback

    12 February 2018

    How to Communicate Positive Feedback Here is how to communicate positive feedback: Get the timing right. Make the positive feedback very specific. Tell them why their action is a benefit. Ask for more of the same. 1. Get the timing right. The general rule is to give the positive feedback as... Continue Reading >

    How to Communicate Positive Feedback
  • Tips to Improve your Communication Technique

    30 January 2018

    Communication training. Communication skills training is important, because in order to achieve your goals, you need to gain the willing cooperation of other people. And the only way you can do that is to communicate your message. Communication has six major channels: Words: language. Voice tone. Body language. Written word. Listening... Continue Reading >

    Tips to Improve your Communication Technique
  • Top Tips to Effective Communication

    05 December 2017

    Top Tips to Effective Communication Communication is the transfer of information and emotion from one mind to another. You would benefit if you improved your ability to communicate more effectively. Communication has three major channels: Words. Voice tone. Body language... Continue Reading >

    Top Tips to Effective Communication
  • How to be a Good Conversationalist

    16 May 2017

    How to be a good conversationalist To be a good conversationalist, you need to talk about only good things. By "good things" I mean the following: Plans for a better future. Valuable information. Honest compliments. Honest thanks, and appreciation. Encouraging and motivational ideas and opinions. Anything that is good fun and... Continue Reading >

    How to be a Good Conversationalist
  • Make a Good First Impression

    10 March 2017

    Make a Good First Impression I would like to give you some tips on how to make a good first impression. On meeting someone, do the following things: Look right into their eye; give direct eye contact. As you look into their eye; smile gently. Hold-out your hand; make an invitation... Continue Reading >

    Make a Good First Impression
  • Define your Key Terms

    21 February 2017

    Define Your Key Terms It is important to specify the meaning of any ill-defined, or ambiguous word, or phrase. To some degree, almost all words are vague and ambiguous. There are thousands of words and phrases that are often used, but ill-defined. I would like to draw to your attention, that... Continue Reading >

    Define your Key Terms
  • The Importance of Communication Skills

    10 February 2017

    The Importance of Communication Skills Communication skills are important. You need to communicate your message to other people. You need to gain their agreement and willing cooperation. Imagine what happens to people who cannot effectively communicate their message. They cannot make other people understand what they mean; or they cannot get... Continue Reading >

    The Importance of Communication Skills
  • Better Work Relationships

    24 January 2017

    Better Work Relationships Building better relationships with others is important, because both your professional life and your personal life, depend on how well you get on with others. Developing your ability to create and maintain excellent relationships will help you enjoy more success in every aspect of your life. So, the... Continue Reading >

    Better Work Relationships
  • Gain Their Understanding and Agreement

    08 November 2016

    Gain Their Understanding and Agreement You would benefit if you were to improve your communication skills. Communication is important because you need to gain the understanding, agreement and active cooperation of others. If people don't understand you, or if they don't agree with you, or if they don't cooperate with you... Continue Reading >

    Gain Their Understanding and Agreement
  • Notes on Winning by Arnold Schwarzenegger

    08 August 2016

    Wise words from Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the world's most successful people; he has had huge success in five realms of activity: In sports, as a Movie star, in politics, as an author, and as a real estate investor. He seems to know how to achieve goals. I... Continue Reading >

    Notes on Winning by Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Muhammad Ali: the Greatest Speaker In the World.

    07 June 2016

    Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Speaker in the World Ali was surely the greatest boxer in the world. Ali was also the greatest speaker in the history of sport. The man was gifted. Gifted as a sportsman. Gifted as a speaker. As a writer. As a poet. As a politician. Even as... Continue Reading >

    Muhammad Ali: the Greatest Speaker In the World.
  • How to Ask the Right Questions - Good Communication Skills

    31 May 2016

    How to Ask the Right Questions Good communication is not just about the proper presentation of ideas. Good communication also means developing the ability to ask the right questions. How can you know what are the right questions? Simple. Learn the following method. Essentially there are two sets of questions that... Continue Reading >

    How to Ask the Right Questions - Good Communication Skills
  • Success Through Communication

    03 May 2016

    Success Through Communication Do you think, you would benefit if you were to develop your communication skills? Since we all succeed by means of team work, communication is a vital skill to master. Communication may be defined as: a transfer of information and/or emotion. Communication as the transfer of information These... Continue Reading >

    Success Through Communication
  • Communication Skills: Clear Thinking

    22 April 2016

    How could you improve your ability to think clearly? One of the best ways to improve the clarity of your thinking is to get into the habit of differentiating between pairs of similar but opposing concepts. For instance, what is the difference between the following pairs of words? "A wish" and... Continue Reading >

    Communication Skills: Clear Thinking
  • Why We Love Logic

    05 April 2016

    Why we love logic Logic is the science of valid, right and proper reasoning. Logic allows you to draw the correct conclusion from a given set of facts. Drawing the correct conclusion from a given set of facts, may well mean the difference between winning and losing. Your continued success on... Continue Reading >

    Why We Love Logic
  • Feedback is the Breakfast of Champions

    15 March 2016

    Feedback is the Breakfast of Champions The American author Ken Blanchard came up with the cheesiest of all management slogans: "Feedback is the breakfast of champions." Cheesy, but true. The reason "feedback is the breakfast of champions" is that "winning" is not the result of a single, superhuman, supreme effort. Instead... Continue Reading >

    Feedback is the Breakfast of Champions
  • Twelve Ways to Improve your Communication Skills

    22 January 2016

    Communication Skills Training: Twelve Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills Mastering communications skills is one of the best things that you can do, since your future success, health and happiness relies upon your ability to gain the willing cooperation of others. In order to gain their willing cooperation, you will need... Continue Reading >

    Twelve Ways to Improve your Communication Skills
  • Communication Skills Training: Objective and Subjective Language

    24 July 2015

    Objective and Subjective Language It is important to distinguish between two kinds of language: Objective language and subjective language. Every day you experience your "personal experience". You have to experience YOUR experience of an event. But isn't it true that YOUR experience of an event, may be very different to the... Continue Reading >

    Communication Skills Training: Objective and Subjective Language
  • Eight Ways to Improve your Communication Skills

    03 July 2015

    Eight Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills The quality of your results are often based on the quality of your communication skills. To do well in life, you need to communicate well and maintain good relationships with others. At work, you need good relationships with your customers, good relationships with your... Continue Reading >

    Eight Ways to Improve your Communication Skills
  • Clear Communication

    05 May 2015

    Clear Communication How would you rate yourself as a clear communicator? Do people always understand your message? Or when you speak, do you suffer the problem of other people NOT properly understanding your exact meaning? You need to develop the skill of clear communication It is important that you do, because... Continue Reading >

    Clear Communication
  • Learn to Spot Logical Lies

    25 November 2014

    Learn to Spot Logical Lies It is important to be able to spot logical lies. Logical lies are the logical fallacies. The logical fallacies the common errors in logic. Everyday, people commit logical fallacies in order to purposely mislead others, or simply as a mental mistake. Facts are facts. So there... Continue Reading >

    Learn to Spot Logical Lies
  • How to Improve the Way I Speak

    13 November 2014

    How to improve the way I speak It is important to be able to speak and to write clearly. One of the biggest mistakes you can make, at work, is to use ambiguous language. It is especially naughty to give ambiguous instructions. An ambiguous instruction is any instruction that is so... Continue Reading >

    How to Improve the Way I Speak
  • Improve your Communication

    11 November 2014

    Communication Skills Are you looking for some training relating to communication skills? Communication is the act of transferring your mental images, ideas, information, facts and feelings into the minds of others. Some people are good at communicating. They find it easy to find the right word or phrase to capture their... Continue Reading >

    Improve your Communication
  • How can I Improve My Communication Skills?

    25 September 2014

    How can I improve my communication skills? Do you have problems expressing yourself, verbally? Many people do. Many people have problems finding the words to express their thoughts, ideas, opinions and feelings. This lack of verbal expression is a problem since, to achieve your goals, you need to gain the cooperative... Continue Reading >

    How can I Improve My Communication Skills?
  • Three Ways to Improve your Communication Skills

    19 April 2014

    How can you improve your communication skills? Communication is important to you because you use your communication to gain the cooperation of others. You need the cooperation of others: you need cooperation from your colleagues, your suppliers, your customers, and your family. If you cannot gain the cooperative assistance of others... Continue Reading >

    Three Ways to Improve your Communication Skills
  • Communication Skills: Two Opposites

    27 January 2014

    Communication skills: Two Opposites The definition of communication is "the transfer of information and emotion, from one mind to another". The definition of "Excellent communication" is "the accurate transfer of information and emotion, from one mind to another, without error, omission or distortion of meaning." The deadly enemy of excellent communicati... Continue Reading >

    Communication Skills: Two Opposites
  • Communication Skills Training (Advanced)

    20 January 2014

    Recognising arbitrary statements Communication is a vital skill to master. You can define the term "Communication" as: "the transfer of information, from one mind to another." And you could define "excellent communication" as: The accurate transfer of information, from one mind to another, without error, omission, distortion". Excellent communication is no... Continue Reading >

    Communication Skills Training (Advanced)
  • A Course on Clear, Confident Communication

    08 January 2014

    A Course on Clear, Confident Communication Clear communication may be defined as the art of transferring an idea, or piece of information, from your mind, into the mind of another, without distortion, error, omission or misunderstanding: Meaning: the idea or piece of information, in the mind of the listener, at the... Continue Reading >

    A Course on Clear, Confident Communication
  • 3 Part Communication Skills Blog Part 1 of 3

    27 September 2013

    3 Part Communication skills blog: Part 1 of 3 The use of words to influence others Leaders, managers, sales people and bosses, all need to develop their communication skills. Why? Because they all need other people to give to them, their best performance: Leaders need the best performance from their managers... Continue Reading >

    3 Part Communication Skills Blog Part 1 of 3
  • ​3 Part Communication Skills Part 2 of 3

    26 September 2013

    3 Part Communication skills: Part 2 of 3 Effective body language. Everyone in the work place would benefit if they were to develop their communication skills. Why? Because if you have better communication skills, then, as you work with others, you will make more progress with less friction and effort. But... Continue Reading >

    ​3 Part Communication Skills Part 2 of 3
  • 3 Part Communication Skills Part 3 of 3

    25 September 2013

    3 Part Communication skills: Part 3 of 3 Effective voice tones If you are a team Leader, or a manager then you would benefit if you decided to improve your communication skills. Why? Because you need other people to give to you, their best performance: Leaders need the best performance from... Continue Reading >

    3 Part Communication Skills Part 3 of 3
  • ​How can I Make My Communications Skills Better?

    16 September 2013

    How can I improve my communications skills? To a certain degree, your success is linked to your ability to communicate. If your communication skills are strong and you can easily express every idea and piece of information that you have, then you will be more convincing and persuasive. If you are... Continue Reading >

    ​How can I Make My Communications Skills Better?
  • ​How to Improve your Communication Skills

    31 August 2013

    How to Improve your Communication Skills You may need to do some training to develop your communication skills. You may have a need for training in the following specific areas of communication. Selling to the public. Communication of ideas (both to the public and to your colleagues). Handling difficult people and... Continue Reading >

    ​How to Improve your Communication Skills
  • Where can I Find Communication Skills Training

    22 May 2013

    Where can I find communication skills training? You may be looking for communication skills training. You may be looking for communication skills training for yourself, or on behalf of a colleague who is in need of such training. The reason why communication skills training is so important is this: You cannot... Continue Reading >

    Where can I Find Communication Skills Training
  • Communication Skills for Managers and Leaders

    27 February 2013

    Communication skills for managers and leaders Communication skills are very important for all managers and leaders. Good communication skills allow managers and leaders to perform their roles more effectively. Their role is to communicate different topics to many people. They must communicate effectively to the team, to their suppliers, to their... Continue Reading >

    Communication Skills for Managers and Leaders
  • Communications Skills - Negotiation

    02 January 2013

    Communications skills: Negotiation Here is the question we are concerning ourselves with: During a negotiation, how can we get the best results? Answer: We can get the best results by developing our knowledge of the principles governing successful negotiation and, in addition, we can develop the associated advanced communication skills that... Continue Reading >

    Communications Skills - Negotiation
  • How to Communicate More Logically

    22 October 2012

    How to communicate more logically Here are 37 tips on how to communicate more logically If you want to communicate logically, then you should learn the definition of logic. Logic is the art of correct reasoning; to be applied in thought, language and in action. Logic is a specific method of... Continue Reading >

    How to Communicate More Logically
  • Communication Skills Training- How to Communicate Clearly

    12 October 2012

    How to communicate clearly Communication skill training is most important to you, because many people lack good communication skills. And the consequences of having poor communication skills can be serious, indeed. Poor communication skills can lead to the following painful consequences: Misunderstandings Confusion Avoidable errors Conflict and.... A poor work atmosphere... Continue Reading >

    Communication Skills Training- How to Communicate Clearly
  • Communications Skills - 50 Top Tips

    05 October 2012

    Communications Skill -50 Top Tips Communication skills list of 50 excellent one-liners to help you develop your communication skills You may want to improve your commination skills. If you do, then read the following points with a pencil in your hand and select seven of them to act as your plan... Continue Reading >

    Communications Skills - 50 Top Tips
  • Effective Communication Skills Training

    18 September 2012

    Effective Communication Skills Training Communication skills training is important because, if you are to prosper and achieve your goals in the current situation, then you need to communicate your message effectively. Communication can be defined as: The transfer of information from one mind to another. The transfer of information In order... Continue Reading >

    Effective Communication Skills Training
  • Clear Communication In Business

    20 August 2012

    Clear Communication in Business Railroading is a corrupt form of communication designed to force a decision. Railroading is an attempt to gain "agreement" without allowing the other person an opportunity to: State the opposite case Question the facts Question the reasoning Suggest alternative conclusions As a general rule railroading is a... Continue Reading >

    Clear Communication In Business
  • Communication Skills - Accurate Language

    24 April 2012

    Communication skills - Accurate language Many people have trouble expressing themselves. They say: "I know what I mean but I can't explain it!" But you need to be able to express yourself with both clarity and accuracy. Here is a rule that will help you to get better results. Clarity is... Continue Reading >

    Communication Skills - Accurate Language
  • Management Training and Advanced Communication Skills

    04 March 2012

    Management training and advanced communication skills Management training is about improving the performance of oneself and others. In order to do that, you need people to develop themselves. But asking a person to engage in an act of self-development means asking them to change; and many people don't like the idea... Continue Reading >

    Management Training and Advanced Communication Skills
  • Clear Communication Skills

    23 January 2012

    Clear communication skills You live in a complex society that requires that you express yourself in words, both written and spoken. You succeed only to the degree to which you can clearly express your thoughts both in the written and spoken form. You need to be more clear, accurate, convincing and... Continue Reading >

    Clear Communication Skills
  • How to Communicate With More Intelligence

    16 December 2011

    How to communicate with more intelligence Nobody wants to be regarded as stupid. We all want to be judged as intelligent. Let us define intelligence as "A capacity to think clearly and accurately in order to be able to solve problems and arrive at correct conclusions". In terms of survival value... Continue Reading >

    How to Communicate With More Intelligence
  • How to Communicate Effectively

    25 November 2011

    How to Communicate Effectively In order to do well, you will need the cooperation of others. You will need to gain the cooperation of many people, including: Your partner Your bank Your customers Your suppliers Your colleagues at work Failure to gain their cooperation will mean either: They won't help you... Continue Reading >

    How to Communicate Effectively
  • Communication Skills for Trainers Or Presenters

    10 November 2011

    Communication skills for trainers or presenters As a trainer or presenter: You have three major goals. To make your messages and material: 1. Informative 2. Enjoyable 3. Memorable Let us look at each in turn: Informative Your delegate must find your material informative. In ord... Continue Reading >

    Communication Skills for Trainers Or Presenters
  • Good Communication

    25 October 2011

    Good Communication At work, in order to become a more effective communicator, you need to develop three qualities: 1. Clarity: Everyone should be able to fully understand what you mean, even if they don't agree with you. Remember that misunderstandings will cause problems. Clarity is your main communication goal. 2. Rationality... Continue Reading >

    Good Communication
  • Communication Styles

    02 September 2011

    Communication Styles You could define "Good communication skills" as "the ability to accurately transfer information and emotion to /from the minds of others". And as a leader-manager, you need to be good at both, i.e. Explaining facts Explaining feelings A Thought Experiment: If you were to make a list of twenty... Continue Reading >

    Communication Styles
  • Communication Skills Examples

    27 May 2011

    Communication Skills Examples Good communication is defined as: the accurate transfer of information and emotion. The three laws on good communication give three principles that you can apply to improve your skills as a communicator. The first law of communication Memorise this phrase: "Clarity is a virtue. Vagueness is a vice... Continue Reading >

    Communication Skills Examples
  • Improved Communication Skills

    24 May 2011

    Improved communication skills Communication is one of your most important attributes. You cannot do the work, all by yourself: so you must gain the cooperation of others. In order to do that, you must communicate effectively. In order to do that: you should study and improve your communication skills! You should... Continue Reading >

    Improved Communication Skills
  • Advanced Communications Skills

    17 May 2011

    Advanced Communications Skills Advanced Communications Skills - Choose your words carefully Mr Bond, they may be your last! It is possible to mess up BIG TIME, in the blink of an eye, by the clumsy use of language. Words have power. This power can make you more successful or it can... Continue Reading >

    Advanced Communications Skills
  • Communication Methods

    31 March 2011

    Methods of Communication Communications skills training is mostly concerned with the proper use of language. The degree of your communication skills and your use of language can even determine how successful you will be. Those people who are training their communications skills and therefore, can more effectively handle words do far... Continue Reading >

    Communication Methods
  • Improved Communication Skills Training

    29 December 2010

    WHY? The two meanings of WHY? Everyone loves that question. It is supposed to be profound. Kids love asking WHY? Mum, why is the sky blue? Mum, why does the moon change shape? Mum, why do I have to go to school? Why do snails have no legs? Mum, why is... Continue Reading >

    Improved Communication Skills Training
  • Learn to Ask the Right Question

    16 December 2010

    Learn to ask the right question Become more conscious of when you are asking a good question The human mind has evolved to answer questions. And the first question is this: "How can I survive?" For 100, 000 years that question was the sole preoccupation of every man, woman and child... Continue Reading >

    Learn to Ask the Right Question
  • Advanced Training for Senior Managers and Team Leaders

    15 November 2010

    Advanced training for senior managers and team leaders Define your personal philosophy and make it clear to everyone. Tell them exactly what you believe in and why. Definition of personal philosophy Your personal philosophy is the most important thing about you. It is the sum-total of all that you believe in... Continue Reading >

    Advanced Training for Senior Managers and Team Leaders
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