What makes a good communicator?
Attributes of a good communicator
Listening and Enunciating
Listening is more than just hearing, it’s a skill. Active listening is an essential component of good communication that is often over looked. Check out the following video for tips on how to become an active listener.
Steps to Active listening
- Make eye contact
- Do not interrupt
- Be respectful
- Be mindful of your body language
- Paraphrase for clarification
- Observe the speaker’s non-verbal cues and your own non-verbal behavior
- Focus on what is being said not what your answer will be
- Be open, avoid making judgments
Enunciation is the act of pronouncing words. Enunciating your words helps avoid misunderstandings when communicating with other people.
“Enunciation is from the Latin word enuntiationem, meaning “declaration.” Enunciation is more than pronouncing words clearly; it’s expressing them well, too. No one would mutter a declaration! People with excellent enunciation (also known as diction) are likely to end up broadcasters, announcers, actors, or in other jobs that require public speaking. Politicians need to have good enunciation. People who mumble or speak too quickly have poor enunciation: it’s hard to understand them, because their words slur together.”
Barriers to communication
The following is a list of factors that can impact good communication. Think about how these factors may be affecting your own communication skills.
- Making judgments
- Lack of concentration
- Feeling threatened
- Closed-minded attitude
- Lack of time
- Physical discomfort