If you were told you could do one thing to become a better communicator, would you do it? Moreover, is it even possible for one action to make you better at anything? I am here to tell you it is possible. The one thing that will make you become a better communicator is live streaming. Yes, you read that correctly. Using social media makes you a better communicator. I am living proof. Let’s discuss why this is the case.
1. Like in most things, practice is a must for developing great communication skills.
Do you think you're a good communicator? When you think about it, what makes someone a good communicator? Being a good communicator involves doing the following:
Knowing and speaking to your audience,
Engaging your audience in a meaningful way,
Learning how to read the room (and adjusting when necessary),
And enjoying the process of connecting with others.
This list may seem a bit daunting, but don’t fret. The more frequently you get in front of your audience, the easier it is to express yourself — especially in an on-the-spot setting. That's why live streaming is so great for working on your skills; it can be done at any time and it requires you to be truly tuned to your audience and what you're saying.
2. Live streaming will help you learn how to engage an audience.
I personally loved Facebook when it was originally a platform just for college students. Who knew the platform would grow and evolve into what it is today? Whether you are doing a live video on Facebook, Instagram, Periscope or LinkedIn, you can have a conversation with people all over the world. People can tune in to hear what you have to say, and they can chime in with their thoughts and opinions. Whether they agree or disagree with you, the conversation will surprise you. This is a very good thing. Learning how to speak with people from different walks of life is not something you can learn unless you do it and live streaming gives you the opportunity to learn, fast.
3. It's an easy way to get out of your head and just do it.
Human beings can be their own no. 1 advocate or their worst enemy. If you want to become a better communicator, you must first believe it is a possibility and be willing to take risks. The stories we tell ourselves becomes the reality we experience. Live streaming lets you tackle misconceptions you have about your communication skills by pushing yourself into the spotlight and telling yourself you can do it. Here are some other things you need to tackle before you can become better at communicating:
Stop telling yourself excuses and reasons why you aren’t a good communicator,
Get clear on why being a good communicator is important to you,
Keep an open mind on techniques and strategies to strengthen your communication skills,
Create opportunities to practice communication (online and in-person),
Don’t let setbacks stand in the way of growing as a communicator,
And never stop trying.
When I started Dressing Room 8, I needed to leverage my skills as a speaker, coach and content creator to help my clients conquer their goals to enhance their personal and professional lives. Being a good communicator helped me with every job interview and every new client I work with. If you improve your communication skills, how will your life get better?
Natasha Nurse started Dressing Room 8 to provide a web-based resource where women can gain personal and professional empowerment through her fashion and lifestyle focused blog. Dressing Room 8 helps women learn how to think with clarity, dress with confidence, and live with purpose. She is the Lifestyle Editor for Plus Model Magazine and she co-hosts a podcast with her husband called WokeNFree. Follow Natasha on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Don’t forget to join her Dressing Room 8 and WokeNFree groups on FGB.