- evaluating what you want to say
- arranging data/material in a clear, logical and structured manner
- developing an argument in a logical way
- structuring/designing/delivering oral presentations and adapting style to different audiences
- accurate/active listening skills without interruption and identifying relevant points
- ability to clarify and summarise either data or another persons verbal or written communication
- helping others to tell you what they need
- influencing or persuading others
- speaking different languages
Written and verbal communication skills are fundamental to many jobs. This isn't just about being able to speak and write clear English. It is about understanding how to convey information effectively for the target audience. The target audience can be a client, a blog reader, an employer, a customer - each requires a different communication approach.
Improving your communication skills
There are lots of ways to improve your communication skills. Like with other skills, the more you do the easier it can become.
- Volunteer locally with the elderly, disabled or other community groups
- Write articles for The Orbital or The Founder
- Join debating societies or speaking clubs
- Start your own blog and try different writing styles