Communicating seems like it should be easy or that it should come naturally. All of us do it every single day, so you’d think that by now, we’d all be pretty well practiced at it. Which begs the question, why are some people paid millions upon millions of dollars because they’re good communicators? It is because they can very clearly and efficiently get an idea across. Shouldn’t we all be able to do that with relative ease? The short answer is yes. We should be able to solve all of the world’s problems diplomatically, we should be better listeners, we should do a lot of things. While a lot of solutions seem easy and near at hand, we know through experience that the world is a lot more complicated than that though. Communication is a necessity for each of us to survive, but there are surprisingly very few of us who are great at it. It is a skill like any other, that comes naturally to some, and for the rest of us, it needs to be practiced like anything else. Here are a couple of tips in effective communication.
Organize your ideas
If you are tasked with presenting an idea to your colleagues, or if you strive to lecture about your research, you must have a clear train of thought. Believe it or not, I’m a bit of a scientist, and occasionally I get the opportunity to lecture about one of my true passions, insects. If I were to stand at the podium at the front of the lecture hall and just say everything that I love about insects, my audience would be lost and confused at my haphazard approach. They wouldn’t be able to follow my ideas from one to the next. For example, compare these two attempts at a lecture about insects. Insects have six legs, ants have a queen, they communicate through pheromones, they are efficient and colonial insects each have assigned roles, etcetera. No one wants to listen to that kind of lecture. People respond to a singular concept that grows in a clear way that’s easy to follow. Now try this one. There are two kinds of insects, colonial and solitary. The colonial insects, such as ants and bees, are ruled by a royalty class in which tasks are handed down pheromonally to worker class individuals to feed and protect the colony.
That is easier to follow, no? Present your ideas in an exciting way. This is key. It doesn’t matter how interesting your topic or how cogent your argument is if your audience can’t follow your thought process. Fortunately for you, there’s tons of tools out there to help you conjure the most effective manner in which to present. Check out display banners or thedisplayoutlet.com
and let the presentation begin!