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Test Your Communication Skills

How good are your communication skills ?

Communication is fundamental to human development and is the most important skill to progress in the workplace. Communication is the exchange of information, idea, feelings etc between two or more people. However simple it may sound but we all come across situations where misunderstandings and confusion arise of poor communication.

If you want to be an expert communicator, you need to be effective at all points in the communication process – and you must be comfortable with the different channels of communication. When you communicate well, you can be very successful. On the other hand, poor communicators struggle to develop their careers beyond a certain point.

So are you communicating effectively? Take this short quiz to find out ??

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I try to anticipate and predict possible causes of confusion, and I deal with them up front.


When I write a memo, email, or other document, I give all of the background information and detail I can to make sure that my message is understood.


If I don't understand something, I tend to keep this to myself and figure it out later.


I'm sometimes surprised to find that people haven't understood what I've said.


I can tend to say what I think, without worrying about how the other person perceives it. I assume that we'll be able to work it out later.


When people talk to me, I try to see their perspectives.


I use email to communicate complex issues with people. It's quick and efficient.


When I finish writing a report, memo, or email, I scan it quickly for typos and so forth, and then send it off right away.


When talking to people, I pay attention to their body language.


I use diagrams and charts to help express my ideas.


Before I communicate, I think about what the person needs to know, and how best to convey it.


When someone's talking to me, I think about what I'm going to say next to make sure I get my point across correctly.


Before I send a message, I think about the best way to communicate it (in person, over the phone, in a newsletter, via memo, and so on).


I try to help people understand the underlying concepts behind the point I am discussing. This reduces misconceptions and increases understanding.


I consider cultural barriers when planning my communications.

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