This 3-part image consulting blog series inspects your personal image from 3 different angles: Your communication, your appearance and your digital presence. In the first part we look at the importance of your communication skills that are a vital part of your personal image.
Importance of good communication skills
Good communication skills will get you further in life: They help you deliver your message and to sell your ideas. With clear communication you will always have a better chance of getting people on your side and to make those achievements that you have dreamed of.
Improving your communication skills will enable you to work more efficiently and to avoid unnecessary conflicts. This all will, as a side product, free you more time to do things that matter to you the most.
You are the message
Communications skills are often the thing that makes it or breaks it. It’s almost impossible to remove yourself from the very center of your communication so it’s safe to say that you are the message.
Your verbal and non-verbal communication need to support each other and to be fully aligned with your personal brand. This way you are actively participating in removing obstacles away from your listeners and give them a better chance to understand you.
The core of your communication is your message that you deliver to the relevant audience who then receives the message and interprets it in their own unique way. The path to mutual understanding is often riddled with interruptions and risks of misinterpretations.
You can only call communication successful once you have confirmed that the audience has indeed understood your message exactly the same way as you had intended.
How to learn to be a better communicator?
It is true that some people are natural born communicators but the rest can be assured that these skills can be learned and even mastered with the right motivation and effort. There are numerous courses (live and online) available regarding this topic and here at I on Image I am also very keen to help you improve your communication skills.
Here I have listed some useful ways to start your journey to become a better communicator:
- Become a better listener
- Show genuine interest in others. You will be surprised how much you will learn!
- Observe non-verbal cues in others and yourself
- Get to know yourself
- Learn to know how people are perceiving you
how do you come across?
If you are the message then it’s paramount that you gain understanding on how people are perceiving you. Your choice of words is very important here but your words only get a meaning when they are put in the right context and said in the right way, using the right tone of voice and a body-language that supports the message and your personal brand.
It’s important to learn to be aware of the aspects of your non-verbal communication that are:
- Your facial expressions, especially eye-contact
- Your posture
- Your gestures
- Your way of speaking
- Your sense of humor
- Your appearance
- The intensity of your presence
With an image consultant you can approach these topics in a confidential, non-judgemental and encouraging environment. My approach is always gentle and has a strong emphasis on your strengths.
I challenge you and give you a push to the right direction but I want to leave the real discoveries for yourself to unravel. After all, it’s one of the most rewarding parts of this learning process.
What’s in it for you?
Some clients come to see me after hearing the same words from many different sources and decide that now it’s their time. Despite some critics of yours being tough, especially yourself, it’s good to remember that you have full control of your own image and that you can make these changes happen for yourself. To help you make the shift in your life it’s good to think about the benefits you will gain when learning to be a better communicator.
Here I have listed a few advantages of gaining good communication skills but your list may well look different that mine:
- Gain trust of people
- Make a meaningful connection with people
- Gain the engagement of people
Communication skills are some of the most important skills that you need to succeed in life. Here at I on Image I help you gain a better understanding of your verbal and non-verbal communication.
Learn to say what you want to say, in a way that nothing about you distracts your audience from receiving your valuable message.
READ ALSO other episodes in “Your Personal Image Is Everything”, a 3-part blog series by I on Image
Or polish your listening skills further with these tips from guest blogger Niina Nuottamo in The art of listening
I am looking forward to help you improve your image!
Your image consultant with an eye for detail