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Top 10 Business Communication Skills

Communication Skills
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Did you know that 90 percent of what you will achieve in your life will depend entirely on your ability to communicate? You may be the best at what you do, but unless you can network, make friends, and influence others, you won’t advance half as far as you could.

Communication skills cannot be overvalued! If you want to be the best professional you can, here are the top ten business communication skills you will need to develop:

1. Honesty

How can anyone trust someone who is not open and honest with them? Business relationships are built on trust, and trust only comes from honesty. If you want to stand a chance of success at business, you’ll need to be honest with everyone around you.

2. Active Listening

A massive part of communication is being silent and keeping your ears open, rather than flapping your mouth. Active listeners don’t just pay attention, but they use the words the other person is saying to get to know that person and learn how best to solve their problems and meet their needs.

3. Public Speaking

There are MANY opportunities where you will be able to use public speaking skills to help you get ahead. If you want to rise in your company’s ranks, you’ll need to make presentations and pitches, attend meetings, speak at conferences, and lead seminars.

4. Asking Smart Questions

Anyone can ask questions, but are they the "right" questions? Smart questions will not only help you get to know the other person better, but will prove that you have the intelligence that the other person is looking for.

5. Effective Body Language

Your body communicates 80% of what you are thinking and feeling, so you can use it to communicate effectively. Learn how to hold your arms, hands, legs, and posture as you are interacting with others.

6. Cold Pitching

Can you sell yourself and your product in less than 20 seconds? The "elevator pitch" is a skill that cannot be overestimated, and it’s a skill that will earn you A LOT more clients than any amount of hard work can.

7. Storytelling

This may sound like the skill needed to tell a story to your child at night, but the ability to tell a gripping story is what makes speakers like Robert Kiyosaki, Zig Ziglar, and Tony Robbins so great. Those who know how to weave a compelling tale have a much better chance of interesting others in what they have to say. After all, who doesn’t love a good story?

8. Humor

The ability to make others laugh is an invaluable skill in the business world. People who laugh are relaxed and happy, and in a much more receptive mood. The good news is that a sense of humor can be developed even if it doesn’t come naturally to you.

9. Encouragement

This is useful for everyone in the business world. Not only will it help you to endear yourself to those working beneath you, but it can help you form bonds of friendship with peers and superiors. It may even work to draw you closer to people you meet!

10. Clarity of Speech

Corporate-speak makes it increasingly difficult to navigate the business world, so it’s always a refreshing change to find someone who can speak clearly. Learn how to say what you mean and think, and in a way that is easy for others to understand. Say more with fewer words.

Develop these ten business communication skills, and you stand a much better chance of succeeding in your professional life!

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