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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.

Clear Communication Skills Blogs

The Secrets of Effective Communication

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Words have great power. They can conjure up images in the minds of your listener. Think about the language you use in order to avoid any misunderstanding. In business, using the correct words can make or break a sale.

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Communication Skills: Abc Principle

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Making sure that people understand your message is important, and there are three ways you can make this happen: By being accurate, being brief and being clear. We call this the ABC principle.

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How Language Causes Confusion

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Ambiguity in business can be damaging both for your reputation and your finances. To avoid potential confusion when communicating with colleagues and customers, take a look at these five ways where ambiguous language should be avoided.

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The Importance of Business Communication Skills

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If you want to succeed in business, being a good communicator is essential. Not only do you need to communicate to others what, why and how a goal is to be achieved, you need to listen to feedback received in order to make adaptive changes.

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How to Prevent Misunderstandings

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Not everyone is on the same wavelength as you, and therefore misunderstandings can occur when you speak to people. Whether your message is complex or your audience reluctant to listen, read our great tips to prevent misunderstandings happening.

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How to Communicate More Clearly

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Don't run the risk of being misunderstood. Improve your chances of success, in both your career and personal relationships, with these four simple but effective ways, to improve your communication technique.

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Improving Communication In the Workplace

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Managers are the key to successful communication and motivation in the workplace. They must ensure they give proper praise and appreciation, when due. And,if criticism is necessary, then it is vital that this is delivered in a constructive manner.

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Improving your Communication Skills

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Would you like to be a better communicator? Improve your communication skills with these simple, but effective, tips. Communication is not just what you say, it is learning how to be a better listener as well.

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Training to Improve your Communication Skills

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People do make judgements of you, based on your appearance and what you say. In order to give the right impression, try some new ways to improve your communication skills. You will improve your confidence and gain respect in the process.

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How to Improve the Way you Speak

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People judge your intelligence, ability and professionalism by the way you speak. Therefore, the way you speak has an enormous affect on your chances of success. Take a look at these ten ways to improve the way you speak, to gain more respect.

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What are Good Communication Skills?

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In most areas of your life, the ability to communicate effectively is key to your success. Here are three tips to consider and put into practice today. Try our communication skills quiz to see where your strengths lie.

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Six Essential Business Communication Skills

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In order to do business you need to be able to communicate with potential clients. In this blog we examine the six essential communication skills you need in business. How many do you possess?

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What is a Good Communication Style?

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Having a good style of communication is a useful skill to master. People will stop and listen if you are a good communicator. Being credible and persuasive is vitally important as well, if you want to motivate people to take notice or action.

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How to be a Better Communicator

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Your work and personal relationships would benefit if you improved your style of communication. Please check out these four strategies you can use straight away, to be a better communicator and gain more co-operation from people around you.

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Communication Skills In Business

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Being able to give proper feedback relies on the ability to communicate effectively. Any criticism must be delivered in a constructive way, in order to give the receiver confidence and inspire them to improve.

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Four Steps to Improve your Communication Skills

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The ability to communicate well is a vital life skill. In business, being able to communicate your goals to others, clearly, logically and specifically is vital if you are are to succeed.

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Communication Skills: Clear, Rational and Positive

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Do people always understand what you mean, or do you leave ambiguities in your message? Learn how to make your communication clear, rational and positive, in order to engage people and get your ideas across and accepted.

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Communication Skills for Sales People

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Whether you need to sell your services or your products, the ability to persuade people to buy is vital to your success. The ability to sell is not a natural talent, it needs to be learned and practised until it becomes second nature.

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How to Communicate Positive Feedback

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People are very quick to give negative feedback, but it is even more important to communicate positive feedback. Correctly given, positive feedback can be much more effective in getting people to change their behaviour or attitude.

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Tips to Improve your Communication Technique

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Communication skills are important in order for you to communicate your goals to other people. These six tips will help to improve your communication skills and lead to a greater success in achieving your goals.

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Top Tips to Effective Communication

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You would benefit if you improved your ability to communicate more effectively. See our top tips to improve your words, voice tone and body language. Improve your communication and improve your confidence.

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How to be a Good Conversationalist

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Conversational skills are essential both in business and socially, so here are some top tips to becoming a good conversationalist.

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Make a Good First Impression

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First impressions really do count. When you meet someone you quickly decide whether you like them or not. And equally, other people will make a judgement about you. Here are some tips to help you make a positive first impression.

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Define your Key Terms

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Do you want to be happy, wealthy or successful? How will you know when you have reached any of these goals, unless you you define your ideals?

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The Importance of Communication Skills

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Use these three simple tips, to make sure that you communicate your message to others, in such a way as to gain their co-operation and agreement.

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Better Work Relationships

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Developing your ability to create and maintain excellent relationships will help you enjoy more success in every aspect of your life.

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Gain Their Understanding and Agreement

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Communication is important because you need to gain the understanding, agreement and active cooperation of others. Without cooperation your progress will be limited.

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Notes on Winning by Arnold Schwarzenegger

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It's about living. Not just existing! Wise words from one of the most successful people in the world.

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Muhammad Ali: the Greatest Speaker In the World.

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Muhammad Ali was gifted. Gifted as a sportsman, as a speaker, as a writer, as a poet and as a politician.

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How to Ask the Right Questions - Good Communication Skills

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Good communication is not only about the proper presentation of ideas, it is also means developing the ability to ask the right questions.

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Success Through Communication

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The ability to communicate ideas to the rest of your team, is a vital skill for your organisation's success.

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Communication Skills: Clear Thinking

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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.

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Why We Love Logic

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To be successful and achieve your goals, you must act on logic and be rational when dealing with people.

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Feedback is the Breakfast of Champions

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Feedback information is vital to your brain. If you don't know whether your actions are taking you closer to your goals, you will not know which actions to practice, which not to practice, and which ones to steer clear of.

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Twelve Ways to Improve your Communication Skills

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Some people seem to have been born with the gift of the gab. Mastering communication skills is the key to your future success.

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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

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Eight Ways to Improve your Communication Skills

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Good communication skills are vital to successful relationships both in work and in your personal life. Here are eight ways to improve your communication skills.

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Clear Communication

5 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Communication Skills: Two Opposites

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Ambiguity and vagueness in language causes breakdown in communication and leads to misunderstanding and conflicts.

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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

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A Course on Clear, Confident Communication

8 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

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​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

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​How to Improve your Communication Skills

31 August 2013

How to Improve 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 conflict situations. Answering difficult or critical questions. Building self-confidence as a communicator

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Communication Skills for Managers and Leaders

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Leaders and managers need to lead their teams in order to achieve the successful outcome of their vision for their organisation. One of the main ways in which they do this is through being great communicators.

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Communications Skills - Negotiation

2 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

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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

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Communications Skills - 50 Top Tips

5 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

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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

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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

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Management Training and Advanced Communication Skills

4 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Communication Styles

2 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

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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

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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

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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

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