Communication for some might be simply how we as humans talk to one another. However, for someone who knows the power of effective communication, there are many different variables that make up a good conversation. Communication is made up of both a sender and a receiver of information. The sender, those who give information, must do so in a clear manner in which the receiver will understand completely. This can be difficult, mostly for the fact that each person receives information differently. It is important to note that though every person is different, concise communication for an interview, for the most part, is universally shared. The following are examples in which you can self-sabotage your own communication with others. In each of these examples, receivers can be distracted or off-put by what you say or do while trying to effectively communicate. If you struggle with any of the following examples in your own day-to-day communication, you might want to consider attending communication workshops to help improve your conversational skills.

Communication courses, such as the ones provided by Thinker Base, can guide you toward clear and concise communication. With our multi-platform training, you will be able to converse knowledgeably and confidently, transforming you into a truly gifted sender of information.

The skill you will learn through our program will teach you the ways of powerful communication and will affect your personal and professional life. The relationships we share in life, both at home and at work, are centered around our ability to conversate with others around us. By improving your communication, you will find that others around you will gravitate to your new found confidence; and opportunities will present themselves where you never thought possible.

Before you can make a change to become a positive sender of communication, you must first identify your downfalls. Look through the following examples and think honestly which you are guilty of. Once you can accept your shortcomings in communication, Thinker Base can then address these weaknesses and improve your overall communication skills.

Inappropriate Wardrobe

Inappropriate wardrobe is the fastest thing that can destroy effective communication on both the receiver and sender side. For the receiver side, if you know you are wearing something you should not be to an interview, you will most likely be distracted by your bad decision. For women, if you wear a skirt that is too short, odds are you will be tugging on your clothing the entire conversation. If you are a man and you were too loose of pants, you might be holding them up for the entire interview. Either are unacceptable and ruin your chances for effective communication. A sender must always feel as if they are the center of your attention. If you are constantly pulling up or pulling down any of your clothing, you are obviously more interested in how you are presenting yourself, instead of what you are presenting.

For a receiver, their impression of you is contingent on what you wear. If you wear something too revealing, baggy, or tight, they can make assumptions about you prematurely. To make a good impression and ensure great communication, you may want to reevaluate what you think is appropriate to wear to work or an interview.

Saying “Like”

Saying “like” repeatedly in a conversation is toxic when it comes to communication. It has originated as a stereotype for west coast residents but has spread throughout the United States into everyday speech. No matter where you live, or even what age you are, saying “like” is an extremely contagious saying to incorporate into your speech. As easy as it is to begin the habit, it is even more difficult to try and break the habit. Much of the problem with saying “like” is due to the fact that you can subconsciously say it. You may not even know that you’re are doing it! However, with every “like” you say, the worse off your communication becomes.

Saying “like” in a sentence has unfortunately grown to mean and show that you don’t know exactly what you are talking about. When someone uses a filler word such as “like” it is almost similar to phrases such as “um” or “uh.” All of these examples are filler words because they are words that people use in between complete thoughts. When you use these filler words it tells the receiver that you have not gathered your thoughts properly. More importantly, saying “like” repeatedly makes you sound uninformed and unprepared.

Stuttering

Stuttering or stammering is a serious auditory condition that affects the fluency of speech. Often signs of this condition can be diagnosed when you are in childhood or even just learning how to speak. Stuttering is a lifelong disorder, however, it can be helped through communication coaching. The disorder of stuttering can be characterized by disruptions in speech called disfluencies. These disfluencies can present themselves as words being repeated, prolonged, or blocked. Blocking occurs when a person opens their mouth to say a word but stops for several seconds before they can successfully say their intended word.

Stuttering or stammering is a very serious condition, in that it can wound your ability of communication as well as your self-confidence. Those who generally have a more difficult time with auditory speech tend to shrink away from public speaking or any speaking at all. However, with the proper training, the disorder can be helped and eased.

Though there is a disorder related to stuttering, it is possible to stutter without the condition. Small interjections or disruptions in speech can happen when you talk, without you noticing. For example, if you are distracted by something or someone while you are speaking, you might begin a word, trail off, and then finish what you are trying to say. By training yourself to conduct uninterrupted speech, you will be able to grow as a communicator.

Elongating Your Words

Elongating your words is never a good thing when it comes to communication. Though when speaking you want to slow down your speech, you never want to elongate words. By doing this, you make the receiver assume you are either lazy, slow, or tired. All of which is not what you would like to be described in an interview, a workplace, or even at home.

One way to combat this bad habit is to train yourself to make calculated, distinct sentences. By giving information that is short, to the point, and decisive, you will become a more skilled communicator for sharing information.

Smelling Bad

As a human, hygiene should be at the top of your priority list. Smelling foul, not only drives away people you work for but people you may live with, too. In communication, you want to make sure you present yourself as both approachable and responsible. When you smell poorly, you are classified as neither; no one will want to be close to you or think you can be responsible, being that you are not responsible enough to shower regularly.

The good news is, this dilemma is easily fixable with a shower and deodorant. No specialty communication training needed! However, most people aren’t aware of how important hygiene is when it comes to effective communication. It is insanely important! No one will listen to you or take you seriously if they can’t get over your pungent body odor.

Thank you for joining us for the first part of our blog about 10 mistakes that destroy effective communication. We will continue our list on our next blog. If you find yourself guilty of any of the above communication faux pas, you might want to consider hiring a professional to help you. Our professionals at Thinker Base will be able to help you construct meaningful and direct conversation, while breaking some of your current bad communication habits. Our program is specifically designed to address flaws in communication and perfect how you conversate with those around you. Visit us online today to learn more about our effective communication program!