Interpersonal communication skills are those which you will need every day in your life – be it in your professional or your personal life. They are some of the most important skills that you need to focus on as a large percentage of your life involves interacting with people; friends, colleagues, relations or your boss. Interpersonal skills also play a part in your career development and you will find a lot on that topic on various job websites, but I also mention here some of the most important dos and don’ts that I think will be of great help to you. Below are some easy tips for effective interpersonal communication.
The ability to listen to what a person is saying is itself a skill and you should focus on that while communicating with others. If you have good listening skills you will be able to understand that person’s words more clearly and react in a positive manner. It will also send a signal to the other person that you care about what he/she has to say.
Do not interrupt the other person
It is very rude to interrupt a person while they are speaking. Nobody likes to be interrupted because it hampers the thought process and it is disrespectful. If you have to make an interruption and it is necessary for you to speak at the exact moment, then you need to make gentle interruptions. Ask the person if you can interrupt him or her and say sorry, and whatever you wanted to say must justify your interruption.
Think before you speak
Another adage that perfectly describes this point is “look before you leap”. You should think how your words are going to affect the person with whom you are communicating before making any comments. That means you should try to connect with the feelings of the other person in order to show that you genuinely care about the conversation that is going between the two of you.
Always try to stick to the topic of discussion to maintain the relevancy of the communication process. There is no need to bring something totally unrelated to the discussion and waste the time of the people involved. If you deviate away from the topic, the whole idea of the conversation becomes less meaningful.