How To Improve Effective Communications Skills In Students

As human beings, it is important for everyone to communicate in some way or the other. Communication helps us to convey our ideas to other people. Good communication has two ends; The person who speaks and the personwho listens. When both sides are balanced, we call it effective and successful communication.

Effective communication skills are among the most valuable things in our life. Children in their growth years need tofocus on developing their communication skills.

A child who is an effective communicator is a better student, a charming personality and a good friend as well.Communication for kids is important not only at school but also at home and other areas of life. But, no one is born with the qualities of a good communicator. It is a skill that one has to acquire.

What Are Some Factors That Affect Communication In Children?

There are a lot of factors that affect communication.

a) Isolation:

Being isolated or alone most of the time does not allow children to express their feelings or thoughts a lot.

b) Low Self-Esteem:

Self esteem plays a big role in a child’s overall development. A child who does not feelgood about himself/ herself may also struggle with communication.

c) Family Environment: A child who is not allowed to speak with family members may not communicate well atschool either.

d) Low Confidence: A confident student can handle conversations with fellow students and adults with moreease while a student with low confidence might face problems in doing the same.

e) Practice: If the child is not practising enough, he/she might face problems during conversations.

While there are many factors that hamper a student’s communication skills, it is also important to understand that these problems can be reversed if we put sufficient effort and motivate students to learn the skill of effective communication.

How Can Parents Help To Improve Your Child’s Communication Skills?

a) Show Interest:

Do you want to talk to someone who shows very little interest in your words? No, we don’t. In the same waywhen a student wants to talk about something, the best response is to show that you are interested. Using phrases like, “ Yes, go on.” , “I am listening.”, “Tell me more!”encourage students to be expressive.

b) Active Listening:

Sometimes showing interest does not mean that you actually listen to what a child is saying. Adults lead busy lives and their minds are very often distracted by upcoming events or work related problems. Nevershow your interest if you can not follow up with the child’s words.

Children sense that the receiver is not attentive very easily. To develop effective communication skills in kids itis necessary to be an active listener who responds and reacts according to what they hear.

c) Ask For Opinions Or Advice: 

Children need validation to feel confident about their ideas and thoughts. Adults on the other hand do not wishto rely on children for sound advice or opinions. Encouraging and asking students to voice their thoughts aboutsomething can give them the much needed confidence to express ideas.

Another way is to have healthy debates on small topics at home. Allow them to have independence in the waythey think.

d) Be A Role Model:

Parents affect the child’s behaviour a lot. Parents who model good communication skills give their child an ideal to look up to. Most children want to become like their parents. If you are their role model, then it isequally important for you to have the same confidence and skills that you wish to see in your child.

e) Teach your kid to say ‘No’:

Effective communication also includes knowing when to agree or disagree. Very good communicators knowhow and when to say ‘No’. Teach your child how to make quick but well thought decisions.

Parents, in a lot of social situations, force their kids to communicate with relatives, strangers, etc. Teach yourchild to refuse if they are not comfortable talking to someone and make them feel that you support their choice.

f) Using Kind Words:

A very important aspect of effective communication is knowing how to be polite and kind. Parents should use words like “Please”, ''Sorry'', '' Thank you” to talk to their child. At the same time, this habit should bedeveloped in children as well.

Explain to your child the difference between the effect of being rude and using harsh words in comparison to the effect polite and kind words make on the person being addressed.

g) More team-based activities:

Being a part of a group or a team gives children a lot of time to communicate with their peers. It also teaches them to use conversation for planning and executing tasks.Enrolling your child in hobby classes, summercamps, team sports can make them effective communicators.

h) Eye Contact:

Excellent communicators know the art of eye contact. And the reason is simple: someone who makes eye contact when they talk appears to be more confident than someone who does not. Shying away from makingproper eye contact is a sign that your child is not confident enough.

You may also ask them to practice this with a friend or a sibling.

i) Practice makes one perfect:

This is a very obvious tip and yet the most important one. We all know the role hard work and practice play in the development of any skill as well as confidence. Make your child practice speaking. Enrol them in a public speaking class. Tell them to talk to themselves to gain clarity of their thoughts. Teach them to talk to theirimage in the mirror.

Communication is a skill that every child should have. These tips make sure that there is something that works for every child. These skills can be developed at home and before you begin to train your child to communicate, do notforget to tell them why it is necessary for them to learn this skill.