Ability to communicate fluently is a critical part of our lives since it is the only way we can express our thoughts to the world. There are several ways to which one can become a competent communicator. One method is through learning because it enables you to relate what you have studied with what happens in real life (Zabava& Andrew, 2013). It is also essential to put into practice what one has learned by working in groups and enhancing communication with fellow members (Zabava& Andrew, 2013). This way, you not only improve interpersonal concepts of communication but also you gain the necessary experience that enables you to interact competently in any form of relationship.
Communication is embedded in all parts of our lives and it, therefore, plays a crucial role in enabling us to live a satisfying life and also enhance our professional relationships. For instance, in the academic field being able to communicate ensures we create strong interpersonal relationships with our fellows and at the same time enable us to achieve good grades. Academic success heavily relies on good listening, speaking and writing skills; which are the critical elements of communication (Green, et al., 2006). Employers equally seek good communication skills among graduates hence being a competent communicator can be a stepping stone towards realizing professional goals.
Some of the communication skills that I perceive to have mastered include non-verbal skills such as maintaining eye contact and managing the tone of my voice. However, I believe I need to improve my listening skills such that I can become more attentive (Hargie, 2011). Ability to listen to others will enhance interpersonal relationship because failing to interrupt others while they are expressing their views shows you care about their opinions.
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