The Basics

The Basic Guide To English Communique



  1. Be clear about what you want to express. – Check in with yourself frequently and ask yourself what you most want from the situation.
  2. Tact and good manners matter. – If your communication isn’t honest, integrity is lost and relationships suffer. Tact matters as much as honesty.
  3. Think before you speak. – Know what you want to say and make your point quickly.
  4. Stop talking and listen. – The best way to be a good communicator is to be a good listener.
  5. You have to be open to new ideas. – Don’t assume you know everything about a given topic and close off your mind.
  6. Eliminate audible pauses. – If you feel you are about to use a non-word, take a breath, hold it a moment, and then resume speaking. Practice what you want to say, but don’t sound rehearsed.
  7. Stay in the moment. – When you devote your full attention to the person or people you are communicating with, you’re more likely to have much better results.
  8. Follow up after communicating. – No matter how obvious your message might seem, it never hurts to follow up, especially if it is a question from your audience.
  9. Use good eye contact. – Some communication experts recommend intervals of eye contact lasting four to five seconds but not to the intent that you are looking straight to the eyes that is like you are interrogating which is kind of intimidating in their side.
  10. Practice, Practice, Practice. – Noticing your nonverbal behavior and practicing your own skills, you can dramatically improve your communication abilities.