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EXERCISE 1

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Active Listening Practice:

Ask your parent, sibling, or friend about their day. Actively listen without interrupting. After they're finished, summarize a bit of what they said and ask follow-up questions to demonstrate that you're interested and you understanding. 

Practice this daily and pretty soon you will become an expert at communicating and socializing with others.

Nonverbal Communication Exploration:

Nonverbal cues play a significant role in communication. Experiment with different nonverbal expressions and gestures to convey specific emotions or messages. Practice in front of a mirror or with a friend, paying attention to facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice. Discuss and pay attention to the impact and effectiveness of different nonverbal cues when having conversations.

Written Communication Exercises:

Effective communication goes beyond verbal interactions. Write an email or a persuasive essay on a topic you are interested in or curious about. Get very clear on the idea you want to express. Organize your thoughts on a sheet of paper and always take into consideration who your audience is.

Do your research!

Self-Reflection and Communication:

Write about your communication experiences, the challenges you face when trying to say what you want or feel:

What do you want to improve?

What are your communication strengths? Write at least 3 down:

What areas do you need to improve?

HOW TO HANDLE A CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE YOU’VE HAD A DISAGREEMENT

 

 

  • Identify Your Objectives: Determine your goals for the conversation, both short-term and long-term.

  • Listen Actively: Focus on listening actively, attentively and with empathy and understanding, not just on what you say.

  • Note Your Body Language: Be mindful of your non-verbal cues as they can impact the conversation. Use good eye contact and watch your verbal expressions.

  • Know Your Audience: Understand the perspectives, preferences, and emotions of the person you're speaking with. Use your language carefully, correctly and clearly.

  • Pace Yourself: Control the tempo of the conversation to maintain a constructive atmosphere.

  • Choose the Right Time: Select an appropriate moment to have the discussion for maximum effectiveness.

  • Be Clear: Express your thoughts and feelings in a straightforward and understandable manner.

  • Avoid buzzwords, confusing jargon, and corporate speak.

  • Be engaging, interesting, and approachable.

Make it one of your main goals to enhancing your communication skills. It will make your life easier and more fulfilling!

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