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The ability to speak is not something you’re born with. It is something that is acquired. It’s a skill you practice and improve as time goes on. After you’ve reached your goal, it is still important to keep your verbal and nonverbal skills sharp, and don’t get lazy. Below are ways to do both.

NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Your nonverbal movements can speak more to an audience than your words. The words that you say in a presentation are only a small part of what you communicate to the audience. Many people are not even aware, but nodding, touching and using hand gestures are all forms of non-verbal communication. Tone of voice, volume and eye contact are other forms. These forms of communication are subtler and more subjective. You may not be aware of the non-verbal communication that your body language produces.

You can improve your nonverbal skills with a few simple steps

  • Non verbal skills are a very important part of communicating, and you must recognize it. Your voice tone, the way that you hold your body during a conversation can speak even louder than the actual words coming out of your mouth. If you improve you can become a much more effective communicator in all areas of your life
  • Maintain eye contact with your audience. Making eye contact with your audience is the fastest way to improve your nonverbal during a presentation. This helps you connect with the audience, and they will receive what you have to say easier.
  • Keep a pleasant, expressive tone. Powerful words can be killed when presented by a speaker who appears to be bored. The speech would have been dynamic if presented properly. If you want to motivate people, you need to use some energy when you speak. Use your tone to energize your words.
  • Posture tells a lot. The way you hold your body during a conversation speaks volumes to your audience. You can use this to improve your nonverbal skills. If you want to be accepted as a confident speaker, hold your head up high, keep your head straight, and speak from your heart. Don’t cross your arms or slouch. Slouching makes you look unsure of yourself, crossing your arms says you’re not open to other’s ideas.
  • Nonverbal skills should be effectively used into your own communication style. Look for someone who performs a nonverbal skill effectively. Try using that skill yourself. Incorporate it into your own communication style

VERBAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS

  • Verbal is the oral communication we do as we interact with others on a daily basis, and is most important when giving a presentation of any kind. Because of this, verbal communication is more deliberate and less open to misinterpretation or misunderstanding. Verbal communication is used to get your point across clearly so there is no doubt as to what you wanted to say.

You can improve your verbal communication skills by evaluating the audience you’re speaking to. Take into consideration their race, culture, age, sex, educational level, financial status, etc. Know them, and your verbal communication skills will increase. You’ll better be able to communicate, because you can cater your speech to fit the needs of your audience. You can put it on a level that relates to them and they will better understand your message.

 


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