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9 Ways to Be a Better Communicator

By | YEC |

Some people have an innate ability to command a room. They know how to get their point across in a group without barking orders or dominating the conversation—they are good at talking and listening.

But good communication skills don’t grow overnight; good communication takes planning, preparation and consistent practice. So, we asked the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) for their 9 best tips to be better at communicating. Which one will you try first?

1. Give a valuable takeaway.

Whether you’re giving a talk or participating in a group discussion, decide on one thing that will really deliver value—an actionable item that people can walk away with. This is especially important when we have to speak up to critique or correct an idea that’s going around, because when you’re not adding value, it’s no longer constructive criticism; it’s just dissenting.

—Nathalie Lussier, AccessAlly

2. Be a good listener.

Being a good listener is key. Don’t go in with the sole objective to just speak. As the conversation goes on, listen and respond, incorporating your points into the response. People are more willing to listen if they believe they’re being listened to.

—Alex Lorton,

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