How to Become an Effective Communicator -Practice Makes Perfect - Part 1

The more we communicate, over multiple channels, texts, voice messages, videos, emails or even emojis, the more the definition of communication changes from just being an exchange of information to something deeper like the process of understanding the emotions and intent behind the communication. 

The caveat in these circumstances is that with the crazy multi-channel onset of information, data and plethora of platforms to use; we lose out on the method of communication in a jiffy that our lives have become. 

Effective Communication is a two-way street. It’s not only how you convey a message so that it is received and understood by someone in exactly the way you intended, but it’s also how you listen to gain the full meaning of what’s being said and to make the other person feel heard and understood. 

Effective communication combines a set of skills including nonverbal communication, engaged listening, managing stress in the moment, the ability to communicate assertively, and the capacity to recognize and understand your emotions and those of the person you’re talking with.
Better communication skills help you deepen your connections to others and improve teamwork, decision-making, and problem-solving. It enables you to communicate even negative or confusing messages without creating conflict or destroying trust. 

While effective communication is a learned skill, it is more efficient when it’s spontaneously opposed to when it's formulaic. A speech that is read, for instance, rarely has the same impact as a speech that’s delivered (or appears to be delivered) spontaneously.
Effective communication is always about understanding the other person, not forcing an opinion on others. Developing your communication skills can help all aspects of your life, from your professional life to social gatherings and everything in between.
The ability to communicate information accurately, clearly and as intended, is a vital life skill and something that many of us are not taught in school.