Make Your Personality Shine

by : John Khu

Do you gather attention of the listeners when you speak? How effective are you in your dialogue? Do you have the communication skills in you?

These are the questions that are needed to be answered if you want yourself to be heard and appreciated among the crowd. Communication skills lets you gather attention of the listeners whenever you speak. Communication skills affect your interpersonal relationships with others and the response you get from them.

Here are 6 skills that groom your personality and make you impressive whenever you speak.

Communication skill 1: SOUND MORE INTELLIGENT
Speak just a bit slower to allow yourself to select your most appropriate vocabulary and to give the impression of thoughtfulness. Deliberately pause at key points - this has the effect of emphasizing the importance of a particular point you are making.

Communication skill 2: SOUND MORE POWERFUL
Speak clearly. Do not shout or whisper. Use short, simple declarative sentences. You say what you mean and you mean what you say. Cut out any useless connectors, adjectives and adverbs, especially superlatives.

Communication skill 3: SOUND MORE POLISHED
Never answer a question with a blunt 'yes' or 'no.' Append a short phrase of clarification. For example, "No, I did not see it." "Yes, I know sir."

Communication skill 4: SOUND MORE ARTICULATE
Make a special effort to pronounce the final sound in a word and use its energy to carry over to the following word. People will judge your competency through your vocabulary. If you are not sure how to say a word, do not use it, which will pull down your communication skill instead of boosting it up.

Communication skill 5: SOUND MORE CONFIDENT
Carry your body up. Hold your head as if you had a crown on it. Do not let your arms and legs have side-to-side motion when you move. Keep your elbows and knees close to the midline of your body. Your body movements express what your attitudes and thoughts really are, controlling them adds to your communication skill.

Communication skill 6: SOUND MORE POLITE
Always remember to greet the listener before starting a conversation or making an oral presentation. Tell the audience what you are going to tell them.
At the end, summarize what you have told them.

Communication skill 7: SOUND MORE TOUCHY
Try to judge how your listeners are more comfortable taking information from you and make sure you feed them in the same way as the want. Many people are best at absorbing information they get through their eyes, others need hands on experience to set the message in their heads most effectively.

As with most personal skills, communication skills cannot be taught. One can only point the way. So as always, practice is essential, to improve your skills generally and make it your best each time you speak. Let your personality shine!