Getting your thoughts across effectively

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By Modupe

It is very easy to feel left out or lose friends due to misunderstanding and miscommunication.

As such, it is important to leverage tips that can assist in speaking out and overcoming such obstacles in a relationship.

Possible obstacles in communication include but not limited to the following:

  • Bias — Prejudice or partiality towards someone or something.
  • Language Barrier — Inability to understand someone else’s language
  • Hearing Difficulty — Inability to hear people’s speech.
  • Speaking Difficulty — Physical inability to speak clearly or audibly to warrant conversation.
  • Cognition Difficulty — Inability to comprehend the details of a conversation.
  • Grammatical Errors — Making grammatically incorrect or incoherent sentences which fail to pass across the intended message. This could arise due to illiteracy or gadget typographical errors.
  • Forgetfulness — Failure to keep tabs on matters which deserve imminent attention or forgetting them in a short period of time.

Identifying these obstacles is the first step. The next step is figuring out how to overcome each of them. Here are potential solutions to these issues.

  1. Listen attentively till the end of a conversation. Do not make assumptions on what the other person wants to say.
  1. Summarize what you heard. This helps you to confirm what you heard as well as get corrected if there were any errors.
  1. Write down action points. Doing so prevents you from forgetting the conversation and serves as a reminder.
  1. Politely say, “Could you please repeat what you just said?”. Attempt saying this when you don’t quite catch what someone says to you rather than staying quiet.
  1. Speak audibly. Avoid mumbling, skipping your words, or using unrelatable jargons that are difficult to understand.
  1. Break it down. Don’t be so complex with your words. Use simple and easy-to-understand words.
  1. Ask questions. This will help you better understand the other person’s points.

Now, you can get your thoughts much easily across to others as well as see things differently from their own point of view.

Thus, your conversations are no longer distorted or confused but easily understood.

As you work on your communication skills with people, keep in mind these three musketeers: Sorry, Please, and Thank You! 

Just like a caterpillar, gradually grow into an individual fully capable of communicating effectively with others.

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