Advantages and Disadvantages of Communication Skills
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Advantages and Disadvantages of communication skills

Introduction to Communication Skills

The way we communicate with others affects every part of our lives, from our relationships to our job performance and earning potential. If you’re looking to improve your communication skills, first consider these advantages and disadvantages of communication skills.

Communication skills are essential in your daily life, whether it’s at work, at home, or just out in the world. Because communication skills can come in handy to get you out of sticky situations with friends and family. They can help you land the job you want, and make sure that you get along with co-workers or colleagues on the job. However, communication skills aren’t just advantageous; they can also backfire if not used correctly!

5 Advantages and 3 Disadvantages of Communication Skills

1) People love to Communicate with You

You’re trying to convince him or her to do something (whether it be as simple as buying your product, or something much more involved like coming to work for your company). People react positively to those who speak with confidence. In addition, they also tend to buy from people whom they feel comfortable with—or at least give them their business based on communication skills alone.

2) People love to Help You out

While communication is a two-way street, it’s easy to fall into a trap in which you do all of the talking. Regarding networking, try your best to listen to other people and ask them questions. And if they offer up advice? Listen closely. People are usually more than happy to lend a hand or give you some friendly pointers—especially when they’re feeling socially awkward around you, as well! Besides that, though, helping others may be more beneficial for you than you think.

3) You Can Make More Money

The adage money talks don’t hold for everyone, but if you have strong communication skills. It can lead to more money in your bank account. Communication skills get you noticed by your boss or higher-ups, so if you are confident that your work is getting noticed, don’t be afraid to ask for a raise. You might even get a promotion. The same goes for any job search; having good communication skills can help propel you toward landing your dream job. Employers will appreciate that not only do you know how to convey what needs to be done clearly, but also that you know how to pitch yourself well when it comes time for an interview.

4) People are More Likely to Give You Opportunities

By communicating well, you increase your value to those around you. When people think highly of you, they’re more likely to give you opportunities in a variety of areas. You’ll have better relationships with your coworkers, better relationships with managers and supervisors, and so on. Communication is an important skill that can help build new opportunities for yourself.

5) Use of Similar Languages

One of my favorite communication tips is to make sure you’re communicating with people that speak the same language. Let’s face it, different generations are not always on the same page when it comes to communication skills. The younger generations have grown up in a digital world, which includes texting, selfies, Twitter, and much more. Meanwhile, there’s an older generation that still hasn’t caught up to all those changes in technology. To be honest with you though, I’ve learned over time as well (because I’m not as young). Before even stepping into a room with a client or new colleague that doesn’t speak my language so to speak, I’ve started doing a quick Google search on them to know what they might like or dislike beforehand.

Disadvantages of Communication Skills

The biggest disadvantage of communication is that it takes a lot of time to listen, speak, read, or write to someone. While trying to do one thing you can accidentally hurt another person’s feelings by not listening or paying attention. This could result in damaging your relationship with them. Another disadvantage is that using social media such as Facebook and Twitter could embarrass you by not paying attention while reading other people’s posts, comments, or messages.

Miscommunication between Relations

In any relationship, whether between friends, family, or coworkers, there is an opportunity for miscommunication. This can lead to anger and resentment, which isn’t a great environment in which to get things done. To avoid miscommunication, try to make sure you are on similar pages with your fellow communicators. If that isn’t possible—due to conflicting priorities or values—don’t feel obligated to continue doing business together.

Harms of Communication

Communication is one of our most basic needs as humans. However, communication can also be one of our greatest weaknesses. We’re often unable to recognize whether or not our behavior is hurting others, which leads to unpleasant situations that can sometimes have drastic consequences. Whether you choose to open up about your problems or keep them inside, it’s important to know that there are benefits and disadvantages to all forms of communication.

Misunderstanding between the speaker and listener

Communication skills are essential in every relationship. Whether you’re interviewing for a job, working with colleagues, or trying to win over your date, these skills will help you express yourself clearly and get your message across. Communication can be tricky because sometimes what we mean to say gets lost in translation. To prevent miscommunication and make sure your words come across exactly as intended, build basic communication skills.

By Waqas Sharif

Mr. Waqas Sharif is an English Language Teaching (ELT) Professional, Trainer, and Course Instructor at a Public Sector Institute. He has more than ten years of Eng Language Teaching experience at the Graduate and Postgraduate level. His main interest is found in facilitating his students globally He wishes them to develop academic skills like Reading, Writing, and Communication mastery along with Basics of Functional Grammar, English Language, and Linguistics.

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