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Communication Matters by Uppasana Baruah

By Volunteer Uppasana Baruah, FHI Guwahati

Being able to communicate fluently is one of the most important life skills. Communication helps to impart information, emotion, wants, and needs from one person or group to another person or group and that’s why it can be counted as one of the most vital modern-day requirements. People lacking in communication are often the ones who are feeling low in confidence and finding it difficult to voice their thoughts. Good communication includes both active speaking and listening.

‘The quality of your communication is the quality of your life.’ Indeed! Good communication adds feathers to one’s personality making one appear smarter and more assertive. Life itself is a gyration of many skills that we learn in our lifetime to enrich our lives. Enhancing the art of good communication hence makes life so much better. Human beings are social beings. Learning to build a good rapport with our fellow beings and hobnobbing is therefore something very basic. But that starts with us knowing how to interact with people, which again requires learning the art of communicating. To add to that, communication also aids one professionally from acing at meetings to countering interviews, it’s a master skill to build.

So how do you build it? Well, it’s not rocket science. Here are some handy tips to turn yourself into an ostentatious orator:

  1. Learn Your Language – No matter which language you communicate in, make sure you are comfortable with it and can speak in it with ease.

  2. Confidence – It’s the key to all forms and kinds of success. Communicate with confidence to earn the confidence of your listeners.

  3. Listen – Good communicators are also good listeners. Being attentive is a part of good communication.

  4. Pace – The tone of your voice should be steady, neither too rapid nor too tardy.

It’s therefore obvious why communication matters. It’s vital to get messages across effectively. And anyone can ace it if one is eager to work on it.

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