Posted 12 April 2010 by Chris Farmer
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How to improve your communication
There is a simple way to improve your communication:
"Think before you speak"
Before you say anything, ask yourself this question:
"What will be the likely consequence of what I am about to say?"
Will it lead to a consequence that is...
Then tell yourself that you will not say ANYTHING in the third category
Let us look at each category
Are the things you should say more of ...
Statements expressing your goals and ambitions
Questions about the other person's plans
When you disagree you say: "That is interesting way of looking at it- I don't think of it like that at all."
Are the things that don't have too much effect either way:
- Observations on the moment
- Look at that cloud!
- Chit chat
- Idle conversation
- When you disagree you say "No I think you are wrong"
Things you should not say
Humour at another's expense
Non constructive criticism
Silly or stupid comments
When you disagree, you say: "Don't be stupid"
Since your future success is bound to your degree of skill as a communicator, it would pay you to monitor your own language.
Don't keep repeating the language mistakes that are currently holding you back.
Say more good things.
Visit the Corporate Coach Group website for more information on effective communication skills.