Habits of Mind – Be Clear when you Communicate

From the desk of Vishaak Gangasandra

This fortnight’s Habit of Mind is: “Be Clear When You Communicate.” Communication is the interactions between people and is a vital part of our everyday lives. If you are clear in your communication, there will be fewer hindrances in your life as people will easily understand your thoughts and demands.

There are a copious number of times where clear communication is essential in life. For example: if you are applying for a position in a large organisation, you will most likely have to undergo an interview with official representatives of the organisation. In this interview, the representatives are inspecting whether or not you are competent enough for the job, and the best way to prove this is by being clear when you communicate. Another example where it is necessary to have a clear communication is when presenting a speech. For your audience to proficiently understand your topic, you need to be clear when speaking and ensure that the audience is listening attentively, so don’t make your speech boring!

In order to be clear when you communicate, speak slowly, speak firmly and never be nervous. When I am nervous, I tend to stammer when speaking, so I strive to be confident when speaking. In order to be confident when communicating, practice several times before reciting a prepared speech or if it is during a conversation, take deep breaths between each sentence. This approach has made all the difference in my life and I’m certain that it will in yours, so keep persisting to communicate clearly.

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