Being able to communicate with others with ease is one of the best life skills. To be frank, an effective communicator who can pass on his thoughts, ideas, and feelings is better positioned for success not only in his professional life but also in his relationships.
There are seven C’s points to remember when wanting to be an effective communicator in the day-to-day life.
1. Be correct.
‘Go thus far and no more,’ is a dictum which the speaker would be wise to remember.
Who is being addressed? Are we right in using certain terms and expressions? Are we crossing the limit?
2. Be clear.
First and foremost, we have to be clear about what we want to say. If there is a problem to be solved, ‘going straight to the point’ should be the policy.
3. Be concise.
Conciseness is the essence of smartness. People would be willing to listen to us provided we don’t waste their time.
4. Be coherent.
Being coherent is a combination of clarity, conciseness, and concreteness. Coherence is an outcome of strictly following the principles of being unambiguous, brief and having the courage of our convictions.
5. Be complete.
When we have embarked on a task of finding a solution to a problem, we have to ensure we carry to its logical conclusion. Unresolved problems lead to further complications. Hence, we often talk about a ‘sense of closure.’
6. Be concrete.
This is true, especially when we want to suggest solutions to a problem. Vague statements and innuendoes do not help. They only complicate matters.
7. Be courteous.
This should be a guiding principle in anyone’s life. When we are responsible for the mental well-being of those around us, we can’t but be courteous. Many are under the illusion that being discourteous, rude and noisy establishes one’s authority. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cantankerousness can win us neither the trust nor the respect of others.