We all hope to become future leaders but not many get the privilege to become one, because we miss out on some basic abilities which leaders posses, that is to Master the Art of Speech.The most common thing between successful leaders is their ability to communicate with their audience effectively and build rapport. Whether you manage employees, coordinate a team of volunteers, serve on a board or are in charge handling a family, your leadership attributes come in handy all the time
Master the art with these simple communication tips that will make you a better leader, improve your relationships with other people and boost your team’s (or family’s) productivity and morale
All good communication starts with self-belief. When you’re communicating with other people, you need to be in control of your mind and fully be aware of what’s happening around you. So, you don’t end up fumbling while you speak. Confidence reflects in the tone of your voice and the way you articulate your speech, therefore you need to focus on your ability to communicate well with People and seem confident. It’s also important to know what you’re hoping to achieve from a given interaction so you can tailor your conversations accordingly.
Understand Your Audience Preference
The best communication arises out of understanding whom so ever you’re speaking to. Knowing your audience’s, preferred communication styles, learning styles, allows you to adapt your message and increase the odds of effective communication. Making a personal connection facilitates empathy, puts people at ease and builds trust. Leadership is understanding others and helping them lead a healthy and successful life and career, people look up to leaders to motivate them give them the comfort to learn according to their skill set and abilities.
Be simple and straight forward in your communication. The message you want to convey should be clear to the other person. This way people will comprehend and act on whatever you’re asking from them in a proactive manner. It’s better to over-explain something than to leave room for misunderstanding. Don’t end a conversation in between until you’re sure the other person understands your objectives and how to achieve them. Deliver these instructions in a friendly, open way so the other person knows they can approach you with follow-up questions.
Respond to Gestures
Body language plays a very important part in assessing non verbal communication. The person may not want to answer your question but just acknowledge it by a facial expressions, hand gestures, you need to be vigilant enough to react and acknowledge back by speaking to the other person or just using your expressions or gesture. Eye contact plays a major role in affirming or undermining your message, so be sure to maintain reasonable eye contact. Whenever you’re talking with someone, pay attention to whether your body language aligns with what you’re saying—this will help you to be a more trustworthy communicator and can help you seem more self-assured and act like a Leader.
Become an Active Listener
All good leaders are good listeners, one of the best ways to encourage open and honest communication within a group is to model active listening. When someone is speaking to you, really listen to what they’re saying. Ask follow-up questions to demonstrate that you’re paying attention and to make sure there are no miscommunication. Keep an open mind and focus on thoughtfully responding to what they say. This helps in building rapport and understanding between the communicating parties.
Respect Your Audience
Show respect towards the opinion of others and prioritize transparent, fair and respectful communication. This will encourage loyalty and boost their performance. Don’t hold your status over other people or use coercion or fear to influence people. Instead, focus on bringing an honest, positive and ego-less attitude to every situation that arises.
Each of these communication skills represents an ongoing practice. You won’t master them in a day or even a year. Instead, you’ll need to commit to practicing these strategies for life. The more you implement these skills, the more they’ll start to feel like second nature—and the more your leadership abilities will benefit.