Active Listening Skills: The Path To Success

Psalm 19:14 (ESV) “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” 

Communication Skills For Career Success

Communication skills allow you to understand and be understood by others. It is the abilities you use when giving and receiving different kinds of information. While these skills may be a regular part of your day-to-day life, communicating in a clear, effective and efficient way is an extremely special and useful skill.

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These can include, but are not limited to sharing ideas with others, actively listening in conversations, giving and receiving feedback and public speaking. It is helpful to understand how to communicate through face-to-face interactions, phone and written conversations and digital communications, like email and social media.

What Are Good Communication Skills?

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Communication skills involve listening, speaking, observing and empathizing. A better understanding of this skill may lead you to develop stronger relationships with others.

Misunderstandings can be avoided, and great things can be accomplished when there is open communication. Words can hurt or they can encourage, they can teach or they can tear down, they are very powerful. They are also a huge reflection of what is in your heart.

Types Of Communications

There are four main types of communications you might use on a daily basis, these are:

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1. Communicating by way of a spoken language or Verbal communication is the use of words to share information with other people.

The verbal element of communication is not only about the words that you choose, it includes how they are spoken, how they are heard and interpreted. 

2. Nonverbal communication plays a significant role in your life, as it can improve a person’s ability to relate, engage, and establish meaningful interactions in everyday life.

This is mainly communicating by way of body language, facial expressions and vocalics. Most experts agree that 70 to 93 percent of all communication is nonverbal. 

When communicating, nonverbal messages can interact with verbal messages in six ways: repeating, conflicting, complementing, substituting, regulating and accenting/moderating.

3. Written communication involves any type of interaction that makes use of writing and documenting. This form of communication is essential for interaction between many persons at the same time and for record keeping.

Clear messages help build trust and integrity between the writer and the reader. Well-written communication helps define goals, identify problems and arrive at solutions.

4. Visual: Communication by way of photography, art, drawings, sketches, charts and graphs.

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Active Listening

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Active listening means paying attention to the person who is communicating with you; paying attention to their facial expressions, body language and tone. People who are active listeners are well-regarded by those around them because of the respect they show when interacting.

Different styles of communication are appropriate in different situations. To make the best use of your communication skills, it’s important to consider your audience and the most effective format to communicate with them.

Giving And Receiving Feedback

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Strong communicators are able to accept critical feedback and provide constructive input to others. Feedback should answer questions, provide solutions or help strengthen the project or topic at hand.

Providing and accepting feedback is an essential skill, as it can help you make meaningful improvements to your work and your professional development. Take time to observe and analyze why a piece of feedback is well explained and learn from the trend.

Volume And Clarity

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When you’re speaking, it’s important to be clear and audible. Adjusting your speaking voice so you can be heard in a variety of settings is a skill, and it’s critical to communicating effectively.

Speaking too loudly may be disrespectful or awkward in certain settings. If you’re unsure, read the room to see how others are communicating.

Respect And Understanding Nonverbal Cues

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A key aspect of respect is knowing when to initiate communication and respond. In a team or group setting, allowing others to speak without interruption is seen as a necessary communication skill tied to respectfulness.

Respectfully communicating also means using your time with someone else wisely—staying on topic, asking clear questions and responding fully to any questions you’ve been asked.

A great deal of communication happens through nonverbal cues such as body language, facial expressions and eye contact. When you’re listening to someone, you should be paying attention to what they’re saying as well as their nonverbal language.

By the same measure, you should be conscious of your own body language when you’re communicating to ensure you’re sending appropriate cues to others.


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Whether you’re returning a phone call or sending a reply to an email, fast communicators are viewed as more effective than those who are slow to respond. One method is to consider how long your response will take: is this a request or question you can answer in the next five minutes?

If so, it may be a good idea to address it as soon as you see it. If it’s a more complex request or question, you can still acknowledge that you’ve received the message and let the other person know you will respond in full later.

How to improve your communication skills

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With experience and practice, you can learn and improve on your communication skills. Start by identifying your strengths and then practice and develop those areas.

It is of utmost importance that a clear and concise attitude with practiced empathy is necessary. Assert yourself, be calm and consistent and use and read body language at all times.

Good communication skill is important in all aspect of your life. Business, family, friends, spouse, workforce interactions all needs this skill. Do take the time to examine yourself, implement and improvement as seen necessary. I wish you great success.

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