7 Best Articles on Communication Skills
The most useful articles on communication skills from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.
Top 5 Communication Skills Articles
At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved on communication skills by Refind users in 2023 so far.
- 3 rules to express your thoughts so that everyone will understand you
- How Great Leaders Communicate
- Active Listening: The Master Key to Effective Communication
- How subtle eye signals help turn-taking in conversation
- Conversation Skills Essentials
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3 rules to express your thoughts so that everyone will understand you
It can be challenging to express your thoughts clearly. Alan Alda recommends three rules of three for effective and empathic communication.
«Maybe this sounds familiar: You’re expressing a difficult idea, thought, or feeling, and at the moment, it seems to be going well. Your audience is nodding at the appropriate beats. Your cadence has an uncharacteristic flow and eloquence. You even snuck in the world profligate and are 90% sure you used it properly. (Well, 80% sure. Definitely going to look it up later.)»
Conversation Skills Essentials
A teacher friend of mine told me that this year students were different. If she asked to see a hall pass from a freshman, they’d give her the finger. They swore at her and were generally rude. The…
How Great Leaders Communicate
Transformational leaders are exceptional communicators. In this piece, the author outlines four communication strategies to help motivate and inspire your team: 1) Use short words to talk about hard…
How subtle eye signals help turn-taking in conversation
We take turns in conversation by constantly shifting gaze. When aphasia impairs that ability, communication shuts down
Eye contact marks the rise and fall of shared attention in conversation
Conversation is the platform where minds meet to create and exchange ideas, hone norms, and forge bonds. But how do minds coordinate with each other to build a shared narrative from independent contributions? Here we show that when two people converse, their pupils periodically synchronize, marking moments of shared attention. As synchrony peaks, eye contact occurs and synchrony declines, only to recover as eye contact breaks. These findings suggest that eye contact may be a key mechanism for enabling the coordination of shared and independent modes of thought, allowing conversation to both cohere and evolve.
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Active Listening: The Master Key to Effective Communication
Active listening, as the name implies requires effort. It is much more than simply "hearing" what is being said. This article will show you how to improve your listening skills to make you a better…
«Adler recommends taking notes during key conversations. Although this may be disconcerting to a speaker, it is relevant in some situations.»
11 Essential Communication Skills for the Workplace
This ultimate list of effective communication skills will help you become a better communicator at work and everywhere else in life.
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