Good communication skills can advance you career and personal life to levels you never thought possible. If you feel your communication skill need to be developed but have fear about developing these skills, remove the misapprehension. Developing communication skills is much easier than developing skills for quantum physics or gymnastics. What is needed is awareness of one’s abilities and limitations and determination to learn and improve. However, improving communication skills is a process and can not be accomplished overnight. You need to proceed step by step.
Communication is not mere speech or conversation. Behavioral style is a major element for effective communication. Non verbal communication conveyed through action has a significant bearing on verbal communication. Disconnect between words and behavior impairs good communication. As first step, Start changing your negative behavioral traits and build upon the positives. Improved behavioral style would facilitate better communication.
Eye contact conveys interested and encourages the person with whom you are communicating to be interested in you in return. Shying away from eye contact reflects a trait of seclusion and indicates a feeling of insecurity and sufferance from psychological complex. Hence, when you are speaking or listing to, look into the eyes of the person you are in conversation with.
In reality, body language tells people whether you are interested or bored in the conversation or you are in a hurry to warp it up. For example, arms crossed and shoulders hunched suggest disinterest in conversation and unwillingness to communicate. On the other hand, an open stance with arms easily to your side tells anyone you are talking to that you are approachable and keen to hear what the other person has to say. Hence, during conversation, maintain good posture and approachable stance.