Communication Skills

How Can you communicate better?

communication Activity

Back to Back

Purpose: To have participants become aware of the need for eye contact in interpersonal communication.

Setting: Room enough for participants to sit on floor in pairs.

Procedure: 1. Have participants form dyads. Read the following

mini-lecture to the group:

Sit back to back with your partner and begin to talk about something that happened to you lately - something that was a really good experience.

(Wait about one minute.)

Now, move about five feet away from your partner and continue talking.

2. After about 30 seconds, stop the conversations.


Why was difficult to communicate?

Talking must be a Dialogue

Dialogue means talking with each other, not at each other.


Active listening is an important skill. This means really listening not just with your ears, but with your whole body and mind.


Unfortunately, listening is one of the least developed skills in our society.

Practice Makes Habits

Its doesn't come naturally unless you Practice enough for it to become a habit. Practice communication skills you can prepared for your future career.

Tips

These are tips for getting people to listen to you when it is important.The same techniques are:


  1. Watch your Timing: Make sure it's not bad time for people you want to have listen to you.
  2. Get their Full Attention: Ask for it if you have to. Do it nicely, but be assertive:
  3. Use "I" Messages: I messages are statements that begin with your own opinions or feelings.These messages are particularly important when you are unhappy or upset with someone
  4. Keep Your Cool: Stay calm. Don't lose your temper

The "I message" Formula

"I messages" are statements that begin with your own opinions or feelings. These messages are particularly important when you are unhappy or upset with someone.


Practice:

I feel...(upset, disappointed, unfairly treated, discriminated against...)


...when you...(what the other person does that bothers you)


...because...(give your reasons)


...and what I want you to do is...(how you would like the other person to act)

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