The Importance of Constantly Improving Your Communication Skills

In today’s fast-paced world, clear and precise communication is needed as an asset – in day-to-day interactions, with your work colleagues, in all business interactions, or you will be wasting your precious time. Of course we can relax at times with the person we love, or a long-standing friend, but with most people our communication is one of the most important assets we can have to use to build a relationship, and our professional life.

Think about who you follow to learn from online. An expert online or at a University has simply studied a career path or an area in-depth and therefore has an advanced vocabulary to share with you as language on a matter, or if you are interacting with that person, in a conversation with you.

Communication skills are vital to develop if you want to become successful. One of the main reasons someone ends up in prison is an impoverished or stressful environment, as a child, with poor communication skills from their parents passed on to develop the child’s brain. Consequently, if a child becomes an adult lacking in communication skills: listening abilities, conversation skills, the ability to ask creative questions, poor self-reflection and mental abilities to use different communication skills at the right time, and missing facial cues, etc. this will play out in the person’s life and in society.

The tragedy of a child’s early life having a deficit on communication skills, being taught or gained through primary interactions: parents, teachers, extracurricular classes often means that when that person becomes an adult they are unskilled with communication, and this often leads to struggling professionally, or crime or a prison sentence. The prison population is growing, since 1970 it has sadly increased by 500%. This statistic shows that parenting skills and communication skills taught in schools require greater attention to reverse this tragedy happening to a person’s life. This is why becoming a credentialed professional coach is of such value at this time, not just using coaching to work with clients, but to know professional coaching really well as a subject, and to teach it to others to positively impact the communication of those around you, and therefore society.

The root cause of the increase in the prison population needs to be dealt with – advanced communication skills and coaching skills need to be taught to school teachers and parents. For example, parents and teachers often ‘talk at the child’ telling them what’s right from wrong, but this elicits a left-brain function not a whole-brain function in the child’s ability to learn from the conversation. What is more helpful and a whole-brain function is asking questions so the child has to ‘think through’ their response. This way the child is developing more neurosynaptic connections in their brain, and developing a better understanding, more awareness, and the communication skills and abilities to respond to the questions themselves.

Teaching advanced communication skills and coaching skills needs to become a part of the justice workforce too, to help people stuck in this system with poor communication skills – as the majority of young people and adults who enter the justice system have communication disorders and these difficulties are often not previously recognized. Furthermore, people in prison have much worse mental and physical health compared to the general population.

At the other end of the spectrum success comes to those who have the knowledge, communication, speech and language skills, usually in specific areas of expertise to build trust and confidence with people and clients. Think about it – when you are about to do business with someone new you are rapidly accessing their knowledge, what they say, and whether they listen to you – to decipher whether the person is trustworthy and good at what they do! So, as a person working toward becoming a professional credentialed coach I urge you to work constantly on developing your vocabulary of coaching and advanced communication skills.

We will cover different aspects of advanced communication skills, and how to use them in this program, to assist you to become an outstanding credentialed coach. If you work hard to develop these skills you can have a huge impact on those around you, and society as a whole with advanced communication skills.

Coaching is not counseling or therapy. Of course every individual, therapist or counselor has different skills and capabilities. But coaching is about working to challenge a person to develop new skills to deal with their situation, to improve their capabilities and holding them accountable to constant improvement and the accomplishment of achieving their goals. Rather than some approaches in therapy, or counseling, for example supporting clients who are needing to express feelings, which are sometimes unnecessary and don’t change a situation, coaching is about developing a person’s skills to change a situation – for the better.

Venting feelings is NOT a skill and won’t change a situation. A more capable human-being with advanced communication skills can deal with a situation more proactively, before something has happened which could have been prevented and the need for emotional support has become apparent.

This is obviously not always possible with everything in life like: accidents, death and tragedy and why counseling and therapy are an important service in society, but if people are more capable and skilled in their life and communication – they can be more proactive in their relationships and life.

Often people are not deliberately acting to ‘not care’ or not value their relationships. It is mostly that they lack the communication skills necessary to deal with the situation or relationship dynamic, or they have an attachment style that is playing out. The way you approach and communicate with someone, speak and listen, affects the way you make them feel and whether the relationship will develop, or end.

In this credentialed coach training program we will go over the specific communication skills that will help you to reach an advanced level of communication skills, as a professional credentialed coach.

Be aware too, advanced communication skills require mental abilities to use them well so you can switch to another skill rapidly – when required in a conversation.

Physical fitness improves cognition and the ability to use mental abilities, so be sure to be exercising 5-6 times a week, so you are fit – if you are wanting to develop and have outstanding communication skills.

We will be going much further than building rapport because as a professional credentialed coach once you have established common ground or built friendly rapport, we want you to have advanced communication skills to use and impact your clients and those around you – to reach their potential.

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