Top tips to make connections with people easily through great communication
Emma Serlin, director and founder of the London Speech Workshop and author of the upcoming Concise Advice title ‘The Connection Book’ shared with us her top tips to make connections with people easily through communications.
1) Look at people when they are speaking. Where you direct your eyes shows where you direct your attention. If someone feels attended to, this is the first step of connecting.
2) When you speak deliver your idea or words to your audience or listener. Literally look at them on the final few words of your thought. This shows them that you care about them, and that they matter in the communication dynamic. Its crucial for connecting to make the listener feel important.
3) When you listen, listen with your whole body. Let your body language be open, your eyes be engaged, let your head nod and smile if you feel to. Be aware that crossing your body, arms in particular can give them impression that you are closed. Making someone feel you are open and engaged when they are speaking will make them feel good and more open in turn. Which leads to better connections.
4) Fill your words and sentences with some colour and intonation, showing that they matter to you. You build your vision in your listeners head. So if your tone is dull and monotone, so will the vision be.
5) Donâ€™t talk too fast. You can lose your listeners this way, as they struggle to keep up. Instead, put your emphasis into the words and ideas that matter. Try and get them into your listeners head. That will slow you down nicely.
6) Put energy into your communication when it is important to you. We show how we value something with our energy.
7) If we give our words nothing, then the implicit message is that they are not very valuable to us. And if they arenâ€™t important to us, why should we expect other people to care!
For more tips on effective ways to communicate stay tuned for The Connection Book, out next month!
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