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Ames' Guide to Self-Instruction in Practical and Artistic by Daniel T. Ames

By Daniel T. Ames

Ames' advisor to Self-Instruction in functional and creative Penmanship, Daniel T. Ames, writer and writer, 1884

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The Payoff for Learning Great Communication Skills The rewards for learning great communication skills are many. Of course, the companionship and camaraderie are wonderful. But there are tangible rewards as well. Today, great communication skills top the list of what employers look for in almost every job. It isn’t the best number cruncher who makes partner in the accounting firm; it’s the accountant who’s good with people and can communicate good news and bad news. Opportunities for everything, including getting into the best schools and getting into the best organizations, increase if you develop strong communication skills.

Do you maintain good eye contact? Do you seem lively? How would you describe the various looks on your face? Are they inviting? Interested? Tuned in? Bored? Passive? Now observe your partner’s expressions. Does he seem interested, or is he giving you nonverbal cues that he’s bored? Does he look away or tap his fingers or squirm as if the conversation has gone on too long? These may be signs that you need to adapt your conversation to his preferences a bit more. Now look away from the picture on the screen and just listen to the audio.

Be aware that you are not the best judge of your conversation habits. ” They may even mistakenly think another person talked more! That is why you need to change your conversation habits instead of trusting yourself to improve through good intentions. Practice Makes Perfect If you’ve identified a trait you want to work on, the next step is to develop your skills in that area. I’d like to talk about some steps you can take to transform yourself into a better conversationalist. First, ask a friend or acquaintance if you can use your phone to video a conversation.

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