Communication is A Skill We Must Learn!

Why is learning communication skills important? What are communication skills?

To know the answers to these questions, it is important to understand what communication is. A simple explanation of the word communication is that it is the sharing of information on any topic with others. On the other hand, communication skills are the techniques used while giving or receiving information about different things. It can be both verbal and non-verbal. Communication skills include words, expressions, actions, listening ability and our observation power. There are four main communication styles- passive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, and assertive.

Effective Communication Skills plays a crucial role in both our personal and professional lives. While communicating one needs to focus on the 7C’s. These 7C’s are Clear, Concise, Concrete, Correct, Coherent, Complete and Courteous. In addition to this, listening and observation skills help in strong communication. From cracking big business deals to getting a promotion at work, from being able to express our emotions easily amongst family and friends to asserting ourselves in front of others, having strong communication skills is required at each step. Effective Communication helps in putting forward ideas and thoughts confidently and enables us to perform our roles and tasks efficiently.

NIIT Foundation recognises the need to build effective communication skills amongst students from underprivileged communities. Having good communication skills will help to navigate through the challenges of lives and will positively impact learning and growth. Therefore, in addition to providing technical skills, NIIT Foundation programs and courses focus on promoting soft skills and effective communication skills in each of the beneficiaries. Project based learning, group presentations and activities ensure that students are provided with a safe space to listen, observe, and share their thoughts and opinions. Students soon let go of their inhibitions and are motivated to communicate effectively with others. This helps them to face interviews, perform at their workplace, grow in their careers, and build their overall personality. After learning communication skills, a student feels confident about his or her personality. Learning good communication is a skill that stays with them and empowers them to do well at every stage of their life.

NIIT Foundation has been focusing on inculcating employability, communication, spoken English and personality development skills amongst all its students. To know more about both career and non-career programs offered, click on . As a child we are encouraged to think and then speak. It is also important to remember How to Speak, to be able to grow as successful individuals.

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