No matter what your dream job is, communication is key. Whether your interviewing for a job or presenting to a group of people, good communication will take you a long way. This week I interviewed my good friend, Jack Dillon, on the podcast because I knew he was the perfect person to talk to about this topic. I met Jack in Toastmasters when he was the president and I immediately looked up to him for his speaking skills. He believes that good communication stems from 3 main things: confidence, your ability to listen, and your ability to ask good questions. I definitely agree with this and we’ll go into more detail throughout this article.
When it comes to communication, confidence is extremely important. Without confidence, people will have a difficult time believing what you’re saying and the point that you’re trying to get across will likely be lost. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance though so you have to be mindful of this. In my opinion, listening is crucial to good communication. The reality is that most people listen to speak, but I encourage you to listen to understand. You have two ears and one mouth for a reason and you should use them proportionately. Listening is the only way to understand what others expect from you and it will help you figure out how to have the biggest impact on those around you. Asking good questions goes hand in hand with listening in most cases. You have to be able to understand who you’re speaking to in order to know what key questions you should be asking.
These are just a few tips to take your communication skills to the next level. Ultimately, being a good communicator comes down to practice. Start using these tips now and practice early on so that you will be a pro when it really matters! Be sure to click the link below to listen to the podcast and learn more about where and how you can improve your communication!