It should be simple and easy, right? Sometimes, it is. However, for some of us it often feels awkward or even excruciating. For others, although it does not feel awkward, people are sometimes are put off by something we have said. And we are not even sure why.
Will it ever get easier? Can you ever get better at it? Will you ever be able to:
- Feel less uncomfortable?
- Start a conversation?
- Get people to listen to you?
- Actually know what to say?
- Understand body language to read between the lines?
- Say no?
- Stand up for yourself?
- Speak your mind assertively, instead of aggressively?
- Not offend others?
- Avoid conflicts?
- Get good enough at it to keep your friends – and your job?
What happens in communication skills coaching?
That depends on what you want and need. It is different for every person. This is why all of our coaching plans are customized – they are designed for your unique goals and purpose with plenty of practice and skill development.
Examples of situations in which communication skills coaching can make a difference:
- Coaching employees.
- Building relationships.
- Business development.
- Performance reviews.
- Social events.
- Managing conflict in both personal and work relationships.
- Divorce or mediation proceedings.
- Discussing post-divorce parenting agreements.
- Making new friends.
- Couples’ relationships.
Examples of communication skill-building competencies:
- Asking questions effectively.
- Using active listening.
- Answering questions with responses that position you favorably.
- Recognizing different communication styles.
- Knowing your own style and how other styles may perceive you.
- Knowing the best way to get your message heard by other, different styles.
- Making small talk.
- Meeting new people / talking with people you do not know.
- Communicating assertively with:
- Overpowering friends or family, even if they are well-meaning.
- Bullies at work or in personal relationships.
- A horrible boss.
- Managing emotions and communicating calming and rationally.
- Understanding non-verbal communication and using it purposefully.
- Reading social cues and responding appropriately.
- Knowing and respecting personal space.