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Jahnvi Singh Parihar
Communication Skills, Educational Technology & Operations Expert
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How can we improve our communication skills being an introvert?

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Jahnvi Singh Parihar
Communication Skills, Educational Technology & Operations Expert

Communication skills are not improved over night but you need to practice them daily and as often as possible. When you go out and interact with people around,then you come to know about where the problem exactly lies. You need to get over your shyness and introvert nature to be able to communicate well and without hesitation. In order to improve communication skills, following points should be kept in mind.

  1. Knowledge
  2. Confidence
  3. English skills
  4. Awareness

In order to communicate well, knowledge is the most crucial aspect. Without having knowledge you cannot speak on any topic and then to speak and converse confidence is necessary. And when conversing you need to master speaking skills, as English is the most spoken language we need to have proper English skills. And during communication you need to stay alert and aware. That is all you need to inculcate in yourselves for having proper communication skills. 

debakshi gupta
CRM and English Skills expert

An introvert may be defined as a person who gains energy from spending time alone. Here comes your shortcoming of meeting new people and striking up conversations with them. But being an introvert, you can boost your communication skills even being in your comfort zone.

  1. Needless to say, an introvert does not involve himself in conversations easily. Hence, Conversations, when done must be meaningful i.e. must help in your evolution. A meaningful conversation is much more beneficial than casual chit-chats.
  2. You should inculcate the habit of writing and reading books. Also, it is psychologically proven that introverts do love to pen down their thoughts in solitude. This can actually boost your communication skills.
  3. Introverts are definitely good listeners, if not orators. Listening is an important part of developing communication skills. Even if you don't like to socialize, try to examine people or listen to what they have to say. Each person brings with himself a Pandora of experiences to learn from.
Manonita Rathore
Gig economy and behaviour &soft skills Expert

Five tips you can use to boost your confidence and your verbal communication skills even if you are an introvert :- 

1. Speak up

When you’re asked to participate in meetings, don’t try to melt into the wall. Offer your opinion. A common tendency is for shy people to think their perspectives aren’t valuable, but this simply isn’t the case. You wouldn’t have been asked to participate if others weren’t interested in your point of view.

2. Practice presenting

Spend a few days rehearsing at home before taking your presentation public. Practice really does make perfect when it comes to communication skills.

Don’t forget to make eye contact throughout your rehearsal and presentation. It will feel awkward at first, but you will come across as more authoritative and in command.

3. Let it go

Did you stumble over your words on the phone or send out an email with a typo? Forget about it. Everyone makes mistakes at work.

Of course, you want to learn from your stumbles so you don’t repeat them. But there’s no need to replay conversations in your mind or frantically stalk your inbox to see if anyone critiques your writing skills. Focus instead on how you’ll improve your communication skills going forward.

4. Join a professional organization

You may feel more comfortable speaking up around fellow professionals if you don’t see them 40 hours a week. And you’ll find that networking is a great way to help you build confidence over time. Eventually, the habit of offering your point of view or making suggestions will follow you back to the office.

5. Take small steps

Slowly ease yourself outside of your comfort zone by setting small goals for yourself. For example, Monday’s objective could be to ask a question in your weekly staff meeting. Celebrate once you’ve met that goal and then set a new one, like asking colleagues to join you for a working lunch.

Each time you successfully meet these goals in overcoming your shyness, your confidence will grow until you notice you’re not really shy at work anymore.