Communication Skills: The way forward
The purpose of learning the English language is to communicate, and being able to get your point across in such a way that the receiver understands it exactly as it was desired. The use of words should come out naturally in context and meaning.
Our ‘Communication Skills Course’ in all appropriateness, has been designed to encourage learners to excel and create an appeal for the subject for gaining steadfast knowledge to adapt to the growing globalization that has made our world a small community where we need one common language to communicate.
The course is designed to motivate, engage, and provide a clear path for the individual to further achieve one’s goals that have been obstructed due to barriers in communication. Communicating in the English language by far is not difficult, if one has the patience and resilience to learn with an open mind.
Accuracy and fluency are pertinent and these can only take place through rigorous practice and activities that include discussions, debates, extempore, and speech analysis. The core areas of fluency in speech depend on an individual’s ability to categorize requests, permissions, possibility, politeness, function specific, which are all a larger part of formal and informal communication.
Comprehensive delivery and the ability to provide conclusions are essential traits of a fluent speaker. Collocation and Vocabulary are integral as it not only portrays the appropriateness and the type of language being used, but it also reflects our thoughts and the message we are trying to relay.
In order to be an effective communicator, a lot of effort has to be put toward pronunciation, enunciation and intonation which later develop one’s individual style of speaking. While pronunciation requires practice, it will set the course for language delivery.
Enunciation is particularly useful to target the right audience and create interest in what one is trying to communicate. The intonation is the use of one’s voice, pitch and volume. It is also used to add stress to messages through different pitches for the occasion and suitability for a target audience or personal conversation.
Later stages of communication also include the study and examination of interpersonal skills, communication creativity, assertiveness and negotiations. In our day and age, current employers while recruiting for their company, prioritize individual’s communication skills. Hence it is essential to have clarity, avoid confusion and continuously strive toward developing one’s skill.
Communication is considered an integral part of our lives because everything revolves around what message we send, and our way of communicating with the people around us. It shapes our character and is also a determiner of our self-esteem. If you sound confident and are able to convey messages with ease then that in itself is a humongous benefit.
Having acquired skills to effective communication it is also necessary to be a reflective listener. One cannot be communicating all the time. A crucial parameter in order to complete a successful communication is reflective listening. Always remember that it is less offensive and more reasonable to speak at the end of any utterance by the speaker.
Never be quick to judge or make assumptions, we have to wait right till the end, allow reasoning, and avoid being influenced by accent, appearance or mannerisms. If we work on improving our reflective listening skills, it will not only provide more information but it will also give us a wholesome conclusion looking at the emotion and mood of the message being conveyed.
We have entered the age of information, communication along with the use of superior technology and data mining. Communication skills will be a prerequisite to attain professional goals and continuously rise on the ladder of success. It is a driving force of an interconnected society with people speaking varied languages looking for a common medium.
At this point I do not want to enter into any debate as to the origins of how English came to be one of the most important connecting languages of the world. Most keywords and computer language require English, and our entire digital life is based on this technology.
We cannot deny that English is vital for our individual growth. It is a required skill set to be successful both personal and professionally. An individual who wants to improve communication must have the right attitude toward learning, patience, and practice.
Birat Krishna Thapa
- Oxford Basics Introduction to Teaching English by Oxford University Press
- Communication Skills by Richard Ellis