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Easy Ways to Improve Your Communication Style
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Speaking styles can be a tricky thing to master. They are always altered based on each particular person and setting to maintain propriety. It can be especially difficult for people who don't know each other well to bridge communication gaps.

The thing that employers look for in candidates is that they are able to live up to what they claim about themselves on paper. An ideal candidate is one that is well-rounded and quick to adapt.

There are ways to develop a standard speech style that can be used when speaking to anyone that doesn't have to completely alter your personality.

Communication among colleagues and superiors is important to how you represent yourself. Your ability to communicate effectively can make or break your career success.

Here are some ways for you to get the most out of your interactions at work:

1) AAA: Alive, awake, assertive. No one wants to hear anyone talking that sounds like a zombie or doesn't sound like anything. When you want people to actually listen to you, the words coming out of your mouth have to be audible and meaningful. Above all, you have to sound like someone they want to hear and wants to be heard.

2) Eyes on the prize. Eye contact and speech tone go hand in hand in effective communication. It can also indicate to the listener signs of truth. Constantly looking away or down shows that you might be uncomfortable or lack conviction in what you are saying. Keeping eye contact keeps their attention.

3) Avoid fillers. This remains a common speech hinderance as people are so used to filling in the gaps with words such as, "like," "um," and "uh.". This is hard for anyone to listen to so imagine being in the interviewer's shoes having to listen to a prolonged version of filled speech. Instead of using those words to fill the gap, simply allow yourself to pause and follow up with the rest of what you wanted to say.

4) Be responsive. Being actively engaged can be demonstrated in a multitude of ways from asking questions to using body language. Good communication has a lot to do with your ability to be a good listener as well. A conversation goes both ways so each person should have an equal amount of command.

5) Say what you mean. Beating around the bush rather than just coming out directly with your point can be annoying. People don't want to have to figure out what you're saying. Turning conversations into puzzles is frustrating and uneffective. People will think that you don't know how to get your message across or are too afraid to.

6) Follow their cues. This is a little trick that you can use mirroring someone else's body language keeps you both on the same level. For example, if they lean in, you should follow suit. It should not be obvious so make sure to do it without looking like an exacty copy cat. Remember, it's an interview, not a game of "simon says."

7) Take turns talking. This might sound silly, but people are often quick to interrupt and aren't aware that they are cutting someone else off. In an interview, you want to let the interviewer say his or her piece in full and allow them to reciprocate the courtesy. This is polite and effective.

8) Use names. Remember to use names when introduced to someone and at the end of the meeting. It's a good professional move because it shows that you are sincere and have a genuine interest in the people you meet. It also leaves a good impression on the person as they'll feel like you actually cared about remembering his or her name.