“The ability to transfer your idea to the brain of someone else is the ability to influence and make a difference.” – Thomas McGregor
- Keep your face in check: Arguably the most important communicator, your face, needs practice and constant refining. “Wait, refine your face you say?” Well, refine your facial expressions. Researchers say that 85% of communication is non-verbal. This would include the expressions your face puts off. Communication via non-verbal communication is communication that connects to our subconscious. This is why we need to constantly take control of what our face is saying without verbally saying anything. Once you are aware of what you are saying with your face, you can then take control of it and be more clear in your communication. Awareness is key in this tip as it will clarify your message. Your non-verbal message, that is.
- Study other faces: A great tool available to all of use is to study the faces of other people to understand what types of expressions are to “speak” a message. This will also give you much more information about the person you are communicating with, without them having to say much. Each emotional message is backed up by a facial expression. FBI human lie-detectors are very skilled in reading facial expressions. They watch faces for what they call, “micro-shifts” These are small little shifts in movements of their face that will give away the true intentions behind their words. Now, you don’t have to become a FBI agent in order to benefit from reading people. You too can read faces every day as a practice in order to gain information from people without them having to say much.
- Credibility: This component of communication is often over-looked. The reason developing credibility before you attempt to convey a message to someone is because most people won’t listen to you unless they trust your opinion. The fastest way to do this is to establish your credibility in your area of profession. The key to this is to do this in a way that doesn’t sound braggy. You want to simply state that you’ve been apart of things that relate to your field. For example: “I’ve been apart of workshops that have placed me in a leadership position to educate children in the art of music.” This is a statement I would use in order to establish credibility. This resonates differently than “I’ve done this and that and this and that…” Using the word apart makes it seem more like a story rather than you tootin’ your horn.
- Perspectives: Keep the perspectives of those you are communicating at the forefront of your mind. Everyone has their story that is held dearly to them. This story offers a perspective that is personal to them. Sometimes something is said and can be taken completely different then intended. This is at no fault of the either involved. However, as a master communicator you must make it your responsibility to take control of understanding where your audience is coming from. Once you understand their position on a specific subject you can speak as to not get snagged on their negative dispositions. Your message will slip by all the mental stumbling blocks that may arise due to a differing in perspective by those you are communicating with.
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