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Communication Skills Examples

Introduction

By looking at communication skills examples we can begin to improve our own communication.

I think a lot of people might interpret a good communicator as somebody who is loud, highly confident, shouts out their message, or possibly someone who mesmerises you. And actually, all of those ‘skills’ could arguably be true.

But the reality is, good communication starts at a much deeper level. The outcome of that deeper understanding of communication will result in skills such as being able to mesmerise someone.

So keep that in mind as you work through this video and article. To get you started, let’s look at 5 key areas of communication skills examples.

Always be improving

Another fundamental to be aware of with communication is that it’s an evolving experience. To keep developing your skill, technique and tools – you need to always be improving.

Are some people naturally great communicators?

Absolutely, 100%.

Some people have the ability to communicate smoothly in a relaxed way, whereas others take years and years to refine that skill to become more effective. 

Often you’ll see great leaders communicate more effectively, capture people’s attention and have the ability to see, understand what people want to hear and articulate that in an impactful way. 

Don’t forget, you can be a great communicator in multiple fields:

  • Parent
  • Relationship
  • Job/Career
  • Business eg. on social media
  • Social setting

So my message here is, this can be applied anywhere. So take the skills you’ll learn and apply them to an area of your life you want to improve.

By the way, if you want to find out an exact communication skill you can improve immediately, take my free communication test, which does exactly that. Based on your answers, it will tell you the communication skill you should be working on as a priority.

Skill #1: Clarity

I could spend hours telling you lots of different things and muddying the water a bit, taking you into various directions and leaving you thinking:

“I didn’t get any of that. What on earth was Dr Ro talking about??”

In comes – Clarity. This is one of my favourite communication skill examples you can apply immediately. It’s such a powerful skill to have when it comes to communicating.

The clearer you are in your communication as a skill the more effective it’s going to be for the other person receiving the information and they will feel much more connected to you. 

Skill #2: Engagement 

Have you been around people who talk monotonously?

What they are missing is the skill of – engagement. Engaging someone means using specific skills to:

  1. Grab your attention
  2. Then keep you hooked

In that order. Skills they will use for example includes – use of their physiology, the tonality of their voice, movement in their face and eyes and intentional language patterns.

It’s these communication skills (and more) all weaved together which create a sense of engagement.

If you’re not using any of the above then it’s fair to say you’re not communicating effectively because you are not using the skill of engagement.

Skill #3: Rapport

A list of communication skills examples wouldn’t be valuable without – rapport. It’s the ability to synchronise and relate to somebody else. And get to a point where they feel comfortable with you and equally you feel comfortable with them. 

Great rapport is when they feel synchronised with you.

This simply put, is a great communication skill to become aware of.

Think about the last time you talked to somebody. Were you in sync? In Rapport? If not – to help you get into rapport, answer the following questions:

  • What could you do next time to develop rapport? 
  • Are there additional skills you can develop?
  • What skills can you practice again and again, that you find to help build rapport quickly?

Communication Skills Examples
I encourage you to try and practice what can be an uncomfortable experience of building rapport.

Skill #4: Listen

And then, of course, the next natural communication skills example is – listening.

When you’re talking to somebody the process of communication is to exchange ideas, words, passions and everything in-between.

Now think about this for a moment, if you’re constantly talking at the person and not listening to them, they’re going to feel like you’re not communicating with them.

This can lead to a breakdown in the communication, no rapport and it’s safe to say there may not be a repeat communication with that person. If you are in the communication arena of sales, then consider the sale lost.

So be prepared to listen and really hear what they’re saying.

This takes practice. In fact, it’s like a muscle that has to be exercised. But it’s absolutely vital.

Skill #5: Observe

To add to the previous skill listening is – observing. It’s a different form of listening. Think of it as listening with your eyes. And this has to happen simultaneously to listening with your ears.

When you’re watching and observing, what you are looking for is, how they:

  • React to you as a whole
  • Respond and react to what you are saying
  • Display facial gestures and body language when they are speaking

In addition to this, there are some literal observations you can make:

  • Are they looking around when you’re talking to them? 
  • Looking at their watch, checking their phones?
  • Really engaged with you or distracted?

So I think as much as listening is vital, so is observing. By pairing the two, you will have a different level of communication skills.

Communication Skills Examples: In Summary

Communication is an active sport. You won’t master it intellectualising it.

Instead, go out there practice and watch people whilst you’re talking to them.

Try something different, say something different, throw something in there to see what their reaction is. Notice when they appear more engaged, when they’re switched off and when they’re losing the thread.

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