In this article we will try to understand the importance of communication skills for students and how can we improve our communication skills.
When you look at a successful entrepreneur, successful politician, or a highly accomplished actor, there is one thing common among them. They are all excellent communicators.
Communication skills are THE MOST important skills of all the skills that you need to excel in your career. But sadly, many students in India fail to realize this, and they don’t work on developing and improving their communication skills during their time in school and college. And they later end up regretting it.
In this article, we have explained why communication skills are so extremely important for you to excel in your personal and professional life, along with a brief explanation about the actual meaning of communication skills.
Not just that, at the end of the article, we have also mentioned some of the tips and tricks that will help you master the art of Effective Communication.
So sit back, relax and read this article until the very end!
What actually are communication skills?
Before we move on to the importance and benefits of communication skills, we need to know what actually communication skills are.
Now, many people think that the word “communication skills” is just a synonym for “being good at speaking English or having a large and an extra-terrestrial vocabulary in it.” Well, if you also think that way, then I need to tell you that your perception or understanding of communication skills is completely wrong.
“Communication skills” is a broad term for a set of skills.
But if I have to put it simply, Communication skills are nothing but being Concise and clear. It’s the ability to convey or share ideas and feelings effectively.
Why communication skills are important for students?
Now that you have an idea about what skills actually mean let’s move on to the main part of the article: the importance of communication skills.
1. Good communication skills help students to learn more from teachers.
If communication skills are effectively employed by the student, he or she is able to ask questions and clarify any doubts that may arise, which makes it easier for him or her to understand the lessons.
Teachers also appreciate students who take the initiative to ask questions, as it shows that they are serious about learning. Besides, communication also allows students to build better relationships with their teachers.
When there is a good relationship between the teacher and student, the teacher can give more personal attention to the student, which can result in a better understanding of the subject matter.
2. Communication skills are vital to crack any interview
Have you ever heard the famous interview question “Tell me about yourself?”. Have you ever wondered why this question is asked so often in the interviews, despite of the fact that the interviewer has all of the necessary information about you on the CV?
It’s not because the interviewer is interested in knowing about your pastor about your background. His sole purpose for asking this question is to test your communication skills.
This is backed by a report that was published by The International Journal of Business Communication, after consulting around 350 managers, which says that the first quality a huge majority of the managers desire while hiring young graduates is effective communication skills.
This basically means that you can have all the necessary degrees and skills required for a particular job, but without the ability to convince the interviewer, with your communication skills, that you are the right person for the job and justify the salary that is being offered, it is almost impossible to crack an HR interview.
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3. Your communication skills will help you improve Your Grades
As a student in the Indian education system, there is nothing more important than the grades, and if your CGPA is low, then the earlier you start working on your communication skills, the better. Now, you may be wondering, “what does my communication skills got to do with my grades.”
Well, you must have come across those situations during your classes or while self-learning a particular concept, where you struggle a lot in understanding it, no matter how hard you try. Because, as we all know, English is not our first language here in India.
And that is why; if you add more words to your vocabulary and improve the other aspects of your communication skills in English, your learning becomes a lot simpler. And you will no longer have to simultaneously translate each one of those concepts in your head while you are learning them.
This takes a huge burden off your mind, and you will not only be able to grasp the concepts much easier but also stay concentrated for longer periods of time.
4. Communication skills are going to be very important in your day-to-day job
No matter which job you are planning to take on in the future, you just cannot survive in a corporate work environment without proper communication skills.
Because coordination among all the employees is absolutely vital for any organization to function properly, and it is almost impossible to have any coordination with employees who lack the ability to communicate properly.
Not just that, research by NATCOM( national communications association) says that the employees who can effectively communicate are more likely to not only be successful in getting a good job but also deliver to their potential.
And suppose you are willing to climb that corporate ladder and reach a managerial or a higher position in the company one day. In that case, you must have leadership qualities. As we all know, the very foundation of great leadership is the ability to bring the best out of your juniors through effective Communication.
You will understand more about this in the next part of the article, where we discuss about the importance of communication skills in order to succeed as an entrepreneur.
5. You cannot be an entrepreneur without proper communication skills.
As I’ve already mentioned earlier, every successful entrepreneur is a good communicator.
Many people have great ideas. The kind of ideas that could potentially be worth millions, if not billions, in some rare cases. But these ideas don’t even end up being materialized because the people who come up with those ideas fail to communicate their vision to their juniors or potential investors effectively.
So, if you are planning a start up after getting your degree, then you better start working on your communication skills.
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6. Communication skills will help you build and maintain better relationships
Effective Communication, more than being a professional skill. It’s a life skill that can help you build and improve your personal and professional relationships.
Whether it’s your partner, your boss, your best friend, or even your parents, we all know that conflicts and misunderstandings are always inevitable irrespective of the type of the relationship.
And at the end, it is all going to come down to two things. One, how well you can explain yourself, and two, how patiently you can listen and try to understand what the other person is saying. And both of these qualities come under communication skills.
I have to put it more simply. Your communication skills will be that one key that would not only resolve your conflicts and misunderstandings with the people around you but would also make sure these conflicts and misunderstandings don’t arise very often.
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How Can you Gain them?
For some people, communication skills may take a lifetime to master, and some of the others end up being worldly communicators at the young age of 21. “How do they manage to do it?” you may ask. Well, they try to learn their communication skills the RIGHT way.
In this final part of the article, we have briefly mentioned some of those conventional and unconventional ways through which you can also master the art of Effective Communication.
1. Become a better listener
The more you listen, the better you speak. Just like a newborn baby closely observes and develops its speaking ability in a matter of a few years, you also need to constantly listen to good communicators and observe how they choose their words, and how they carry themselves, and maintain their positive body language.
2. Start with the basics of Non-verbal Communication
Non-verbal Communication involves everything from your body language, eye contact to facial expressions, hand gestures, etc.. And this form of Communication is much more important than you think, as your nonverbal cues affect the first impression you make on someone.
And even if you end up making a mistake in your grammar or pronunciation, you can still prevent miscommunication with the help of your non-verbal Communication.
Many good communicators highly prioritize their non-verbal Communication, and it’s highly suggested for you also to start with working on your non-verbal Communication.
3. Practice public speaking
If you have ever tried working on your communication skills before, you must have observed that your ability to speak becomes exponentially better when there is no one around to listen.
This happens when you have the ability to speak, but you lack confidence in your communication skills, and there is no better way to solve this than joining the orators club in your college and practicing your public speaking regularly.
This will exponentially boost your confidence, and once you do it several times, you will no more feel hesitant during your regular conversations.
Again, The more you practice it, the more confidence you’ll gain and the better you get.
4. Ask for honest feedback.
There is nothing more valuable than honest feedback. Never hesitate to ask people to give an honest opinion about your communication skills after a public speaking session. This will be very helpful to you in the long run.
It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that, irrespective of whichever carrier path you use in the future, communication skills are by far the most basic and vital skills that MUST learn in order to be successful.
As a student now, the earlier you start learning communication skills, the better because mastering communication skills takes time. It gets more and more challenging to take time for and learn as you get older. You might end up missing out on a lot of opportunities during and after your college days due to your lack of communication skills.
So, the best time to start learning is NOW.
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