Effective Communication Skills

Dr. Purushothaman
October 9, 2013

Communication is a two-way process. It involves at least a single sender and a receiver. Communication is not just the way we express ourselves verbally and in-writing but, encompasses many other things such as - How we respond back to the speaker? Our body language including our facial expressions and the pitch and tone of our voice. If you need to improve your communication skills you cannot just focus on one side of the coin and say… Okay, let me improve the way I talk and the way I write and I'll be a good communicator. Agreed, that good speaking and writing skills are essential to effective communication. But, listening is just as important if not more.
A survey, conducted by the University of Pittsburgh, points out that communication skills, both written as well as verbal; and the ability to work with others, are the main factors contributing to job success.

You can gauge the importance of effective communication skills in corporate world by taking a look at the job advertisements. There is a little chance that you will come across a job advertisement which does not demand that the candidates should have good communication skills. When an individual goes for a job interview, his degrees and technical qualifications etc. are likely to be similar with that of the other candidates. However, what employability skills he possess and how he presents himself in the interview can make the critical difference in weather or not he's selected for the job.

Without effective communication skills, a person may find it very difficult to climb up the corporate ladder. Job promotions naturally come to those who can communicate effectively at all levels, from the senior management level to junior employee level.In a recent study recruiters from large companies (that had more than 50,000 employees) were interviewed regarding what skills they look for when they hire managers? Recruiters believe that communication skills were the most decisive factor in choosing managers.

We spend 75% of our waking hours communicating. Business Communication play a pivotal role in our professional and personal lives. Yet, not everybody is equally endowed with it. Some people around us are naturally gifted master communicators while majority of us struggle with it.The good news is that Presentation Skills can be developed and improved through proper coaching and practice. We at skills lab have professionally designed courses and experienced trainers to help you develop and improve your communication skills.

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