It’s all about Communication Skills

How to advance your communication skills

You are on your way to an internship in Israel. Hands down, an experience you will personally cherish and one which professionally will advance your career. Whether you are just applying and already set for your first day at work there are quite a few things to keep in mind like dress codes, preparation, understanding the workplace hierarchy, and your communication methods with your new surroundings. 

Your communication skills are key. These can come through during an interview, and group meeting or even a one on one dialogue. 

Here are a few tips to help you advance your communication skills to become more effective at navigating or even leading the conversation.

 

  • Know your audience: To get your point across, you need to know who you are talking to. Each audience is different and will expect different tones, language, and nonverbal behavior. A good way to understand the expectations is to do some research ahead of time or even ask someone in the organization what are the favored communication methods.
  • Listen: To communicate effectively, first listen to others. Later, you can provide relevant answers and thoughts that show you’ve taken your audience’s ideas into account. 
  • Nonverbal communication: This accounts for how an audience perceives a speaker or presenter – more than half of what you have to say comes across through physical appearance and behavior, not words. Adopt proper posture, avoid slouching, and don’t fold your arms. If on stage or in front of a group – Make yourself look bigger, maintain eye contact, and move around on stage. 
  • Don’t rely on visual aids: For a presentation, you can use visual aids but don’t rely on them. Rely on your words, on your story, on your verbal expression to communicate your main idea.
  • Engage: Any audience has a limited attention span whether you are speaking to 50 people, ten or just one. Make your discussion – a real dialogue, make it interactive. Acknowledge questions, encourage your audience to react or express their ideas, and of course, ask a question to get a response and further the discussion.
  • Feedback: Ask for feedback. This may sometimes be daunting, but receiving honest feedback from your peers is crucial to learn how to become a better communicator. When asked, others will be more than happy to provide their thoughts in a respectful manner that will allow you to improve in methods you may have overlooked.
  • Timing: Know when to chime in and when to keep silent. Feel your audience and gauge when is a good time to provide feedback, interrupt, ask a question or stay silent. Be aware of your partner’s nuances to understand when you should be part of the discussion and when to be a mere listener.

 

Communication is always key to establish good rapport and relations in a professional setting especially when just starting. It’s not always just about the vocabulary but about mannerisms, nuances, and even staying silent. Good luck with your internship and keep your eyes and ears open to your dialogues with your surroundings.