Communicating your way to success

Radhika Shinde Vakharia

Language, etiquette and good body language are some of the crucial elements of effective communication. Put them all together and you will feel the difference.

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When Charles Darwin proposed the theory of the ‘survival of the fittest’ he spoke about physical survival on the planet. However in today’s times it appears that intellectual survival is more important, especially if you are in the teaching profession. Like physical survival, intellectual survival requires a host of abilities and skills. You need to be greedy for knowledge, curious and desirous to learn, think out-of-the-box, and accept and embrace change as and when needed. All these attributes can only be achieved if one is a good communicator. Effective communication therefore is an essential skill necessary for survival.

There are several essential elements that are necessary for communication to be effective – one of which is the choice of language. Very often we try to speak in a language we are not comfortable with. For effective communication to take place it is important to choose a language of communication that both the speaker and the audience understands. The speaker should also take into account other characteristics of the audience like the age group, educational and professional qualifications, cultural background, and understand the pulse of the audience. Care should be taken to pronounce words correctly, putting special emphasis on proper nouns.

The author is working at St. Teresa’s Institute of Education, Mumbai. She can be reached at radhika_143s@yahoo.com.

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