Communication is all around us. We e-mail, text, twitter, facebook and sometimes we actually talk face to face. So many of us use electronic forms of communication that some say we have forgotten how to get our message across without the use of a facebook status.
While you are here at UNT you will take classes in various disciplines. While you might not see the connection between art and chemistry, there is: communication. Every class you take will allow you to fine tune your communication skills.
Most employers want someone who can communicate effectively. I am going to share with you 5 tips to improve your communication:
Think before you speak. Saying what you mean and meaning what you say is the golden rule to communication.
Make eye contact. This little gesture communicates that you are sincere.
Keep it simple. We all have a family member that takes an hour to tell a story and all you can do is sit there and think, “hurry up and get to the point”. While details are important, your point can be made without a long winded story.
Your body says more than your words at times. If your eyes are rolling or your arms are crossed the message you are sending is I am not listening even if your words say you are.
Hearing is half of being heard. If you are not listening to what someone is saying then they are less likely to hear you.
These are just a few tips to improve your communication. This week we will look at different situations where you will need to put your communication skills to the test, from living with a roommate to talking to your professor. Can you hear me now…good!
Tell us in the comment section what type of communication you use most and you will be entered into our weekly drawing (held on fridays)