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It’s no secret that communication skills are important for a successful career. You can be the most intelligent person globally, but if you can’t express your ideas to others, your brilliant thoughts will go unheard and unused. That is why professionals need to develop strong communication skills. The following article will give some advice on how to hone these vital abilities.

Speak Clearly

When you speak, make sure that what you say is easy to understand. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have or whether or not people think they know what’s coming next; if people don’t understand what you’re saying, they won’t take anything else from the conversation seriously either. Also, avoid using jargon unless you’re speaking with someone who would be familiar with the terms. Instead, speak clearly and make sure to articulate your points.

Look People in the Eye

When people look you straight in the eye during a conversation, it shows that they are interested and engaged in what you have to say. However, suppose they are looking elsewhere or avoiding eye contact entirely. In that case, this could mean one of two things – either you aren’t saying anything interesting or relevant, so their attention is wandering, or you need to work on your body language as it could be sending out negative signals without meaning to.

Listen Even More Than You Speak

Most of us think we are good listeners, but truthfully, most have no idea what we should be listening for. A good listener is not just someone who waits until it’s their turn to speak; rather, they are actively engaged in understanding what the speaker is saying and are analyzing this information so that when it comes time to respond, they can give an appropriate answer or opinion.

Keep It Positive

If you want people to like you, then there is one simple rule – be positive. No one wants to work with, befriend or hire someone who has nothing good to say and constantly sees the glass as half empty. So instead of focusing on problems, try to see things from a different perspective.

Be Proactive

If you don’t want something to happen, then sit back and do nothing – that’s how most people approach situations like these. Still, it isn’t the best move because by taking no action whatsoever, you are essentially giving your approval for whatever it may be (be it negative or positive).