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24 Jun 11 How to a Develop Effective Communication Skill?

Communication skill is a vital part of our life. If you don’t have a good communication skill and fail to send the intended message across effectively, your relationship, work everything may suffer. Be it personal or professional life, effective communication is very important. Poor communication skill can result into conflict, misunderstandings, disagreement, and confusion resulting into anger, doubt, allegations and growing distance in relationships. Learn from mistakes; develop an effective communication skill. These tips may help you.

Improve your diction

Important of all things is your pronunciation. Even right grammar, great vocabulary skill may fall flat because of poor diction. Try to make your accent globally understandable. Start with singing English songs, talking in front of the mirror, imitating some ideal speakers or journalists, watching news in channels like BBC, CNN. Refer to for pronunciation guidance. Some books, audio CDs may help you too. While you speak, ask others to judge you, correct you.

Reading helps

Many times, we do not consider reading being related to speaking, but yes, it is. Unless you enrich yourself with good books you cannot reflect good communication power. So start reading as much as you can. Read good novels, journals, national dailies. Start with easy language oriented books; gradually move on to serious books. Read what interests you.

Keep a dictionary handy

Always keep a dictionary in your pocket. Whatever books you read, underline the words you are unable to understand. Make a list of words, which are new to you. Write their meanings. Now try to incorporate them in your daily conversation.

Good listener

To master good communication skill, you need to listen to good things first. Be a patient and attentive listener. See how experts speak. Do not interrupt or get defensive. Listener to others speaking.

See others point of view

Try getting others point of view, and then you will know how others can interpret your words. We all want to be heard, understood, and accepted. Encourage others to speak, try to understand their points. They will be more likely to listen to you if they feel heard.

Take criticism positively

Many of us just don’t like to be criticized. It is easy to feel critics are wrong and turn defensive. However, do not forget, it’s for your help only. Listen to the criticism, find out what makes them say so and work on the same.

Follow these tips and develop an effective communication skill.

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22 May 10 How to Master the Art of Group Discussion

As the name says itself GD is Group discussion, and certainly not a debate or wrestling match. Most of the participants come forth with greed of scoring high and thus end up in aggressive verbal fights; which actually puts off the examiner. As a result participants seem to be petrified, confused, aggressive and disheartened. GD is supposed to be a systematic way of participation in the given topic of discussion. It’s rather an opportunity to build your constructive thoughts, organize thoughts with logic and deliver with sheer conviction. Command on the subject conveyed with conviction and confidence makes you an easy winner. If it still confuses you read the following tips.

A group discussion typically works in three phases –

  • Introduction
  • Body of the GD
  • Conclusion

Introduction and conclusion of the GD are the most important phases, as these phases help impressing the examiner.

Introduction stage of GD is your opportunity to write your destiny. This is your first chance to impress the examiner. While you initiate the discussion you not only grab the opportunity to speak first, but you equally draw attention of the examiner and other candidates. First impression lasts for long. If you can kick-off with a good start (on basis of content, logic and your communication skill), the ball is already in your court. Don’t get numb or stuck soon after the introduction, it shows you started with a bang just for the sake of drawing attention. Maintain your participation throughout and make sure you are heard. On the other hand don’t jump into the well and start before others; if you are not confident about the topic. A hollow start brings negative marks. You are supposed to put things in the right perspective of framework. Some handy points which can help you to try a good start are –

  • Definition of the topic in hand
  • Related quotes
  • Questions
  • Shock statement
  • Facts and figures (along with credible source)
  • Short story
  • General statement

Conclusion stage of GD is equally important. Every GD is summarized. Summarize what the group has discussed during GD, in a nutshell. It could be a conclusion either in favour or against the given topic. While concluding don’t raise new points again, avoid putting personal opinion or perceptions, avoid rigidity towards one aspect, keep your views short and crisp, don’t add anything new apart from the already discussed points.

Examiner not only pays attention towards your spoken words; but also sees through your personality traits and non-verbal communication aspects like –

  • Ability to work in team
  • Reasoning ability
  • Communication skill
  • Leadership skill
  • Persuasion skill
  • Assertiveness yet humbleness
  • Pro-active attitude
  • Flexibility
  • Creativity
  • Independent thinking process
  • Time management
  • Body language
  • Patience and tolerance

When these things are taken care of, a big win is not far from you.

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20 May 10 How Should You Dress for the Interview?

Hitting the dream job is not just a matter of best CV, sound knowledge, impressive communication skill; to a great extent, it’s your appearance; i.e. how you dress up. The first perception that the interviewer develops by seeing you is from your appearance and what you are wearing. First impressions are very important, since you can’t rewind the time and get another chance to prove yourself. Rather your appearance will develop an opinion in his mind regarding you, it will also set the tone of interaction and questions that the interviewer is about to shoot at you. That’s why professional, smart attire is very important while going for a job interview. You simply can’t afford to mess up with it.

Attire should be apt for the job profile and the kind of industry you are going to join. In industries where your profile deals directly with customers or clients, your attire will be judged even more critically.

If you aren’t confident about interview attire, follow the given tips while going for your next interview.

Men’s attire

  • A well-fit suit in dark, mono color never goes wrong
  • A long sleeve button-up shirt, preferably white or coordinated with the suit
  • Wear a conservative tie. Avoid too bright color or patterned ones
  • Belt
  • Dark shoes paired with dark socks
  • Professional looking short hairstyle and conventional hair colors (brown, black, blonde)
  • Little or no accessories
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase
  • Light aftershave or perfume

Women’s attire

  • A well-fit suit (dark blue, black, grey, white) or a dark colored pant or skirt, just above or below knee, along with matching blazer or coat
  • A well coordinated blouse, which has a proper fit, neither too body hugging nor loose
  • Conventional, closed-toe shoes, matching your skirt or pant. Either go for flat shoe or heels not more than 2 inches high
  • Wear limited jewelries. Danglers, flashy gold, silver are to be avoided
  • Keep a neat, professional hairstyle. Go for the regular hair colors
  • Subtle make up and light fragrant perfume are fine
  • Neatly trimmed, medium sized nails with formal nail colors look professional
  • Portfolio or bag

Tips for both men and women

  • Clothes should be laundry clean, crease-free
  • Clothes should fit well, neither too loose nor too tight
  • Shoes should be polished
  • Fresh breath is must
  • Clothes should have no missing buttons, no lint; no stains, no external tags
  • Laptops, folders, small briefcase look professional

Now you know what it means to dressing up to the occasion. Get ready, and blow the interviewer away with your professionalism.

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