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 Activia Blog – Communication Skills 

 Tips and tricks on how to become a more effective communicator and listener 

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Recently, a friend of mine had the opportunity to go to an interactive workshop/training session that I would love to have been able to go to.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible, so I told her that I would get all the good bits from her afterwards.

A few days after the session, I managed to catch up with her. Eager to hear what she’d learnt, I asked about the main issues that had been dis...
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Jan 07, 2019
Our life would be so much easier if everyone communicated well with each other, and misunderstandings were resolved easily.

Unfortunately, this is not the case in real life; especially in today’s diverse workplace where people from different walks of life have to work together in the same environment.

Without effective communication skills, there’s a lot of room for misunderstandings, misinterpretations, ...
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Dec 18, 2018
Have you ever felt as though you know exactly what it is that you want to achieve and how to go about doing it, but you fall short when it comes to explaining your plans to others?

Or do you feel like you can talk the talk but, underneath all the confident speeches, you’re not at all sure about what you should be doing with yourself?

You’re not alone. It’s a common disconnect between how we feel and how...
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Dec 17, 2018
Having good communication skills can improve every area of life. From picking up the phone to make a simple enquiry, to having a more fulfilling relationship with your partner. But never is the benefit more apparent than in the workplace. It can mean the difference between getting the job, or not, and every opportunity that comes thereafter. So here are a few of the crucial ways in which developing your communic...
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Oct 24, 2018
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You can’t turn the telly on or open up the newspaper without seeing an expert bemoaning the end of human communication as we know it. After all, with myriad new forms of communication made available in the past few decades (internet, SMS, smartphones, iPads,...
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Aug 05, 2018
The great American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said , “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”

Which is another way to say that body language is much more important than words.

How can that be?

Well, here’s another famous...
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Mar 08, 2018
What are we without good communication skills?

Communication is what helps us make good relationships. It helps us get what we want out of life. It helps us take care of the people we love. And it helps us to be successful at work.

So, what's left if we do...
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Nov 21, 2017
Social media is a blessing and a curse - it's lots of fun and totally addictive, but too many employees have discovered too late that their boss now knows what they're up to! Here's how to make the most of it without compromising your career.
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Aug 31, 2017
Is your own likeability important to you? It probably should be. Likeable people tend to make more money, appear more capable, and enjoy life more.

It’s not vain or self-centred to address your own likeability, either. You don’t have to change who you ar...
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Dec 22, 2016
When you take a look at the heads of the world’s biggest businesses, you quickly realise they didn’t rise to the top with book-smarts alone. Steve Jobs never wrote any code. Richard Branson doesn’t know how to design aeroplanes. And Donald Trump… well,...
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Nov 30, 2016
If even a small part of your job involves sales, then you probably already know how vital good communication is to your success. I can’t explain it any more simply than this: selling is about persuasion, and you can’t be persuasive unless you’re a good c...
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Nov 21, 2016
Although you might think that telling a lie, feigning interest in something, or appearing confident would be relatively easy, in reality, they rarely are. The reason for this is that our bodies and gestures never lie, and can (and will) betray us at a moment...
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Oct 29, 2015
Not everyone is born with the ability to communicate their thoughts easily and even fewer people know how to react to stressful situations with tact and restraint. When you’re working in a company, running a business, or leading a team, communication is one ...
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Oct 15, 2015
Mistakes and errors are a part of life and everyone’s prone to making them. But if you make mistakes while communicating with others, it can leave a lasting impression on people’s minds. This could lead to missed opportunities, lost friendships, or antagon...
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Oct 13, 2015

Questions play a vital role in conversations, even if we don’t realise it. Some people get irritated when they are faced with questions but what they fail to realise is that, in fact, these are the ...
by Ashley Andrews, Oct 09, 2015

In a highly competitive work environment, stressful situations are inevitable. Differences of opinion, diverse work habits, and different personalities can all lead to disagreements when stress and te ...
by Ashley Andrews, Oct 07, 2015

Today’s work culture is very different to how it used to be in the past. We don’t expect our employees to slog through work and reach deadlines without lifting a finger to motivate them. People jo ...
by Ashley Andrews, Oct 05, 2015

Whether you realise it or not, listening is by far the most important part of communication, even more important than speaking itself. Unfortunately, more often than not, people are too focused on the ...
by Ashley Andrews, Oct 01, 2015

When you’re part of a team, effective communication is crucial for success. In a team, several people have to work together towards a common goal, which needs planning, cooperation, understanding in ...
by Ashley Andrews, Sep 29, 2015

We all know the Two Ronnies sketch where a man walks into a shop and asks for fork handles, only to then tell the bemused shop assistant that he was, in fact, after four candles. This is perhaps an ex ...
by Jordan James, Jul 09, 2015

With there being an increasing amount of talk about school and even university not preparing people for the real world, are there a set of essential skills that everybody should have? If so, where wou ...
by John Boddington, Jun 28, 2012

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