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UpSkilling Communication

Even during their college life, students often ponder over their lack of communication skills.

This implies that college students try to improve their communication skills and to be understood better and maintain healthier connections with family and friends. But they are clueless on how they can improve their conversational abilities.

Therefore, the importance of Up-Scaling and Up-Skilling Communication skills cannot be underestimated. Additionally, the earlier a student develops these skills, the more successful they will be. Proactively improving communication skills helps enhance their personalities. Hence, this workshop focuses on 4 facets of communication –

1. Intrapersonal Skills

The conversation you have with yourself is called intrapersonal communication, aka self-talk. Self-talk is a running dialogue you have with yourself.  Positive self-talk can bring out positive results and negative can lead to negative results.

College is often an overwhelming experience for students. Student burnout is common due to endless papers, presentations, and a demanding schedule. They are loaded with responsibilities like homework assignments, exams, research papers, reports, managing social life, internships, personal duties etc.

Stress and burdens can cause negative self-talk, which makes you feel worse and hinders your academic and personal success.  To avoid this, you can implement the practice of self-affirmation. This means you focus on making positive statements about yourself, to yourself.

In this training session, I train you on simple, straightforward and psychological techniques through which you can rehearse a more constructive and positive inner voice.

This will create a useful psychological distance from the emotional intensity of yourself, enabling you to avoid rumination and move forward with greater perspective, calmness, and confidence. A positive perspective of oneself can help you leave a positive impact on others.

2. Learning to Listen

As important as it is to show up to class, what you do once you are there is more critical. Getting the most out of class time involves listening effectively, which means more than simply hearing what your faculty says.

Are you a good listener?

Most of us like to think we are, but when we really think about it, we recognize that we are often only half-listening.

We’re distracted by other thoughts, or formulating what will say even before the other speaker has finished. In college or university, effective listening is one of the most useful tools you can possess. Furthermore, it is a skill that will benefit you on the job and improve your relationships with others. Listening is nothing more than purposefully focusing on what a speaker is saying with the objective of understanding.

When a student is engaged in active learning, they’re less likely to misunderstand what they’re taught. Their knowledge is deeper and more comprehensive.

You can develop active listening skills through various psychological techniques. Once they’ve mastered the art of listening, they will imbibe a non-judgmental attitude, with an emphasis giving undivided attention, and being mindful of your facial expressions and body language.

3. Interpersonal Skills

The ability to communicate, interact, and build relationships with others falls under this category. People with strong interpersonal skills can do more than collaborate effectively. They’re able to vary their approach and contributions. As a result, they adapt to the strengths and weaknesses of the members of their group.

Additionally, employers seek candidates who can communicate well, work in a team, and build positive relationships with colleagues.

Interpersonal Skills enable you to work well with others and succeed independently.

You’ll learn to work alongside different personality types, and build the confidence to present work.

In my training, you will learn to develop and enhance your interpersonal skills in terms of working in a team, creative thinking, being empathetic, developing self-confidence and work-ethics, collaborating, coping with pressure, leading a team and making decisions that matter.

4. Express to Impress

Imagine, you are good with words,

Your audience understood your content, and

You are connected well with them. 

What would that mean for your career prospects?

What would that mean for your comfort level in social situations?

And most importantly,

What would that mean for your satisfaction with the personal relationships you value the most?

The answer is phenomenal.

At some point in your life, you’re going to have to speak in front of a group. Public speaking isn’t easy, but preparation, practice, and a realistic view of the task will help you deliver a meaningful message with confidence. This is quintessential for college students.

Thus, learning to express your thoughts, ideas and opinions clearly, will be a skill you’ll need your entire life, you could always have an edge over the competition, you’ll build your confidence and eventually your self-esteem.

Some say Public Speaking is an art and science, but most importantly it is skill. And, if it is skill, it is learnable. Thus, through simple yet impactful techniques, you’ll overcome your fear of the public, work on your body language and voice and learn to create content worth listening to.

"Transit from have to say something to have something to say. "

- AS