Just because you are talking doesn’t mean that you are communicating. It takes some effort to communicate effectively. So we have put together our top tips on how to do it…

1: Pause: Pausing before you respond will give you time to think about something valuable to add to the conversation.

2: Honesty: Always be honest when you speak. If you get caught out in a lie, then you lose the trust of the person you were speaking to.

3: Rushing: When you try to rush, you make mistakes or forget to say important things. Take your time to get your communication right.

4: Adapt: Taking the time to know your audience will allow you to communicate with them in a way that they can relate to.

5: Stay: Be an active participant in the conversation by staying in the moment. Don’t let yourself get distracted or zone out.

6: Read: Sometimes it is what is not being said that you need to take note of. Read the nonverbal cues of your conversation partner for their true reaction.

7: Patience: Don’t wait for the other person to stop talking so that you can voice your opinion. Have patience in the conversation and respect what the other person has to say by listening intently.