If you have good communication skills, then you are more likely to feel confident and make a favourable impression on others.
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Verbal communication is a tool we use to express ourselves. A person not only expresses his/her thoughts and feelings to another person using verbal communication, but also reveals his/her personality through it. That is why it is important to develop your communication skills so that you can reveal a more confident personality and be assertive when need be.
When communicating, you must speak the words clearly so that your speech is clear. You must neither speak too loudly nor too softly. If you mumble or stammer, it will reveal to the other person that you are unsure of what you are saying even though you might not be feeling that way. If you do not speak certain words clearly, trail off at the end of a sentence or show hesitation through your voice, then you must practise speaking aloud to correct those errors and improve your communication.
The Pitch and Tone
It is not only the content of your speech, but also the pitch and tone of your voice that others pick up on to understand your message. We all use various cues such as body language, tone, pitch, and clarity to discern the meaning of the communication and also to judge the personality of the person speaking. Therefore, if you develop communication skills, then you can reveal a more confident and assertive personality to others. As researchers have found that your body language and communication skills affect how you feel about yourself, communication can be used as a method to feel more confident about oneself.
The Speed of Speech
Along with clarity, pitch and tone, you must also consider the speed at which you speak. Just like you do not want to speak too loudly or softly, you must also ensure that you do not speak too fast or too slowly.
If you speak too fast, the other person may not be able to understand what you are saying. People who speak too fast often join words, making it difficult for the other person to understand them. If you speak too fast, you can practise slowing down the speed of your communication. Below you can find methods on how to practise your speech.
If, on the other hand, you speak too slowly, the other person might get impatient waiting for you to finish what you want to say. If you speak too slowly, you must practise speaking a little faster so that you can say what you want to say in a reasonable amount of time. Especially in settings where you have a speaking deadline, such as when giving a presentation or a speech, speaking too slowly may actually be damaging to your reputation.
It is a good idea to record yourself reading our passages, having an imaginary conversation with another person, or speaking in a different language. We all speak differently when we are reading, communicating, instructing, explaining, etc. Therefore, you must practise communicating in the different forms. If you are concentrating on strengthening a particular type of communication, such as giving lectures, reading out poetry, etc., then you can concentrate on practising to develop that skill.
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