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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Improve Your Communication Skill

When people talk about the importance of soft skills, the first skill that their mouth would utter is the communication skill. What is this communication all about? Does it mean only speaking or anything else? Does it refer only to communication in English? You will get the answers for all these questions here in this post and you are at the right place to get started.

Communication skill is the ability of expressing your thoughts to your audience in a clear and unambiguous manner. It may be through writing or speaking and it is not language-specific. Let it be any language, but you need to carry your thoughts clearly to your audience. Language is a tool used to carry your thoughts and deliver it to others. So, to deliver it in the form of speech or black and white, you need proficiency in a language that could be understood by your audience. This is one of the basic qualities needed for a good communicator.

Well, now let me tell you the basic components that are needed to build good communication skill and how to acquire them. The first and the foremost component is your thoughts or ideas, without which there is no meaning is communicating. You must have something to say to your audience. They are there to observe some of your ideas and it is very important for you to have the correct flow of thoughts to express whatever you have planned to express.

The second component is the proficiency in a language that could be understood by your audience. Language, as I told you, is a tool to carry your ideas to the listeners and is better than non-verbal communication lke expressing your ideas using some actions. If you are not familiar with the commonly used words in a language then, you will fail to express your thoughts clearly to others. Apart from familiarising the words, you should be able to put those words together and form a sentence that means something what you have planned to say. When you speak before your friends, no matter whatever mistakes you do, they do not care. But, in case of others, you need to be careful in using words if you are not quite familiar with the language you are speaking with them.

Both these componenets are essential for building good communication skill. Even if you say, you are good at one of these, I am sorry, your quality becomes useless without the other. Both, your thoughts and language, are tightly coupled and you need to master both to survive in this competitive world. In India, we talk a lot about employability, This communication skill is the first and foremost trait to achieve employability.


As we were discussing, there are a lot of languages out there to express your thoughts to a wider audience. But, the most commonly used and appreciated language is the English language. It has become essential for everyone of us to learn this language to survive in this world, since it is widely used in and around the world. There are lot of reasons available for you on the earth for why you should learn English. But, the point is you have to learn it. Some of the useful and justified reasons are,
  • English is used widely.
  • Most of the materials are available in English language only.
  • It is used as a common language to communicate with each other if two persons of different regions meet.
You might hate English but you have no other choice. If you are not interested, then simply develop interest. Start from your interested areas and then read wider. You have to read read and read to master this language. As I told you before, you need to be proficient in reading, writing and speaking to be a good communicator. I will tell you how to acquire this altogether by following some simple steps daily,

Read a newspaper daily and don't forget to read the editorial page. If you find it difficult to understand, have a dictionary with you always while reading.

Subscribe for a monthly or weekly magazine and read it regularly.

Read your favourite novels and stories.

Subscribe for 'Word of the day' to get a word daily in your mobile or mail box. This will improve your vocabulary. Remember, contextual learning of words will improve your vocabulary that remains in your mind forever. Don't memorise hundreds of words overnight to acquire mastery. It is an attempt to fail.

Watch English movies. This helps you in your speaking style and accent. While referring a dictionary also you need to refer the pronunciation for the word you refer.

Try to use the words you learnt by writing to or speaking with someone. This will fix the words firmly in your mind.

Write a snippet daily and correct it by giving it to someone else who is good at these skills.

Speak a few words about a topic daily and try to analyse your flow of thoghts and how difficult it is for you to express.
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