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November 15, 2009


Communication is central to everything we do. Every day, in different situations, at home or at work we speak to people. Communicating is not only having a conversation but sending mails or holding meetings. Learning how to communicate effectively is essential if we need to be understood.

There is a guideline to follow in order to achive a good communication. Firstly, choose the right time and the right place: if you need to discuss something sensitive then look for somewhere you can´t be overheard. Alternatively if you are speaking to a large group of people you need somewhere large so every one can hear.

If you have to do an oral presentation it is important to practise the speech. Organise your ideas in your mind before attempting to communicate them. Choose three main ideas and focus on those.

It is very important to be articulate in your speech, what is to say: avoid mumbling and negative facial expresions and over all make eye contact.

Besides this, don´t forget that communication is a two-way process, so you have to listen carefully what other people has to say and if you don´t understand something, ask to people to repeat these ideas.

Body languaje is also very important in an effective communication. It can make you seem very sincere in your speech if you adopt the right attitude or on the contrary, you can spoil a very well done speech if you are always moving your hands in a nervous way, for example.

Finally be careful about the message. There are delicate topics like politics, religion or cultural customs that is better not to touch if you don´t know what kind of audience you have.

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