9 Ways To Improve Your Communications Skills

Communication skills are listed as the most important quality sought in job candidates, according to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers

Here’s a list of the most desirable traits (on a 1-5 scale, 1=not at all important, 5=extremely important):

  1. Interpersonal skills
  2. Communication skills
  3. Strong work ethic
  4. Honesty/integrity
  5. Computer skills
  6. Teamwork skills
  7. Flexibility/adaptability
  8. Analytical skills
  9. Motivation/initiative

Of all those qualities, communication skills was cited most often as missing from prospective job candidates.
So whether you’re looking to get ahead in the job market — or within your own company — your ability to communicate will make you stand out the crowd!

Here are the 9 Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills:

  1. Simplify and stay on message
  2. Make communication a priority
  3. Take time to respond
  4. Engage your listeners or readers
  5. Develop your listening skills, too
  6. Make sure you are understood
  7. Maintain eye contact
  8. Body language is important
  9. Respect your audience