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Learning to communicate effectively is a skill that everyone needs to have. Whether you are communicating with a friend, family member, or employer, you need to be able to communicate if you want to have your voice heard in an effective way. Here are a few tips to improve your communication skills.

Notice Nonverbal Communication

It is always important to notice nonverbal cues. What are you noticing about the person you are talking with? What does their body say? When you can tune into the body language of others, it can help you better understand how they are feeling. It is also important to notice your own nonverbal communication. What is your body language saying to others? Is it saying what you mean it to say?

Practice Active Listening

When you actively listen, you will be able to communicate better. Try repeating back what you are hearing the other person say. Often arguments and disagreements happen because of miscommunication, where one person hears something different than what the other person meant to say.

Acknowledge Your Emotions 

Try to acknowledge your feelings throughout the conversation. Try to notice what is being said or done that is making you feel a certain way. Then try to communicate those feelings to the other person. Explain to them that when they make certain statements, it makes you feel specific ways. When we can understand how we feel and how we make others feel, it can improve our communication skills.

Keep an Open Mind

Keeping an open mind is an important communication skill to have. You can learn so much from other people. Try to hear what the other person is saying and learn how their perspective is different from yours. Often anger is the first emotion that comes forward in a disagreement. Try to hold that emotion back and actively keep an open mind to new ideas, perspectives, and opportunities.

Learning to communicate productively is a great life skill to have. As you journey through life, you will need to communicate with a wide array of people. Try to keep an open mind and actively listen to what others are saying to you. Here at The Guest House, we know that often our struggles have deeper rooted causes. If you struggle to communicate, we can help you understand why you have that challenge. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.