The success in academic world depends largely on how eloquently, effectively and confidently a student can communicate. The ability to express your thoughts and ideas in a concise and professional manner is a minimum requirement of colleges and universities when evaluating students’ knowledge. Whatever the discipline, college and university professors require an extensive and frequent use of oral communication in a class. Effective communication involves some strategies one can apply to boost his/her ability for public speaking.
Know Names and Use Them
When you meet someone for the first time, ensure to hear the name of the stranger and make use of it in a correct way. This will help you to both – remember it and prove you respect everyone around. If you’re not sure what the individual said, ask him to repeat, starting your phrase with the person’s name.
Leave Feelings Behind
Is it the moment, when you’re supposed to respond to your listener? Make sure to rely on both – your feelings and facts. If you only react, you make a big mistake. Of course, you should be passionate about what you’re trying to say, but never let your own viewpoints overshadow the well-reasoned facts.
Mind Your Non-Verbalism
A 55-60% of our communication turns to be non-verbal. This includes the voice tone, the gestures of our hands, eye movement, general posture as well as face countenance. When having a conversation with someone keeping a solid eye contact proves that you’re absolutely confident. However, ensure you’re aware of non-verbal communication and make it suitable for the nature of the message you express.
Just Follow Up
Effective communication means attending to every message you get and every message you are going to state. Let the others know that you’ve got it, as well as make sure to respectfully remind them that you have sent it.
Avoid ‘Filler’ Words
Do not use the so-called verbal cues that usually sound like ‘um…eh…uh…’ and stay away from long pauses if you wish your conversation to be effective. This will lead to your listener losing interest in your message and getting bored with your company.
Make Sure Your Message Is Clear
You must know your point and make it the orbit for your message. In case you use too much information that has no relation to the subject, your companion may get confused. Being precise guarantees that you are talking about what you actually mean and you’re meaning what you talk about.
Don’t Do All the Talking
You shouldn’t be the only person, who’s talking. The thing is that what your message is based on may be interesting for you only. Always consider an individual beside you, letting him to participate in the conversation too. There are signals that may let you know that your listener is not particularly interested in your message. If you see some, make sure to ask questions in order to involve him in the tête-à-tête conversation or group debate.