Does good English mean good communication?

Quite often in today’s world or rather mostly, graduates while applying to job mention communication as a skillset. While that is a great trait to acknowledge, is it because one is proficient in a tool of communication or the trait itself?

Communication is about expressing one’s thoughts to ‘ n ‘ number of people. I’m sure we would’ve come across this regularly. But, how do we even know if the respondent has understood our thoughts? It is quite naturally dependent on the factors such as their receptive nature, their ability to perceive contents on a wide spectrum, pro-active listening, interest in understanding the crux of the conversation, etc.,

While all of this being said, it’s always easy to talk about the other end.

But to be a good communicator, one just has to make sure they present the content to tick the above boxes.

For good communication, emotion as important as it is is just a catalyst

Most people misunderstand communication to be a one-way road. It is just not about talking, it is rather more about building on ideas and nurturing them into each other.

From the speaker’s end, one needs to possess solid confidence in what they convey. Solid confidence comes when a person has researched various views. Researching various points of view helps present the topic more open-ended which will ring a bell across a lot of minds or sparks dynamism in the listener’s mind thus increasing the interest depth and span.

Speakers always need to understand their audience well enough to articulate their words to channelize the audience’s thoughts towards the speaker. This point is complementary to what is earlier said. If one’s mind is shut to not absorb the position or mentality of the audience, the speaker is talking to none but to themselves.

This especially comes in professions where people talk to their customers. They might have earned money for the talk, but definitely not value for their talk.

One can be very strong in expressing their views or opinions but again, they have to be very careful in catalyzing their emotions and personal sentiments into words.

What this will do when not done meticulously is that it can lead to hurting another person and an avalanche of counter thoughts into a rage. Being unbiased while receiving counter thoughts improves the value and intellect of a person, not necessarily that they needn’t be strong in their views. One of the fine examples is our former PM, Vajpayee.

Numerous people are trying to use complicated or alter words( for which I’m not even sure they know what it means) typically to show off prowess in word selection to impress people, I guess. While I’m not against it. Study your audience before you present those words. The key point of communication is to educate, enlighten and enlive.

One can sharpen the sword how much ever they want, but if the grip is slippery, they can hurt themselves.

My team lead, Mr. Rahul’s first words after my induction into the sales team was this “ Sriram, In sales, if you try to sell, you will be an instant failure. Solving is sales

And for this to happen, he is very persistent in developing active listening. Understanding one’s issue solves half the problem.

Humour needs to be proportionately incorporated into a telling. It can turn stories into delight or disaster.

One has to understand that language is just a communication tool, not the trait itself.

An explorer of thoughts and contemplation channelizing them into words