Communication is an adequate tool to express your ideas, thoughts and views. In any stage of life, you are, and you like to express yourself. Nobody wants to be in isolation. These points must be kept in mind whenever you like to communicate with someone, especially in your classroom:
Identify your goal:
Before starting to speak on a topic, one has to be very clear about the goals one wants to achieve with that conversation. Understanding the purpose allows you to plan your strategy for communication accordingly. It will help to shape the message you like to convey & you will be more effective at communicating.
Brevity is also an important element for effective communication. Talking too much will result in tons of actual meaning of the message you convey. Avoid being extremely verbose as the listener will lose interest in the message.
Talk according to the level of knowledge of the listener:
Tailor your message according to your audience. Avoid technical jargon if you are speaking to people with limited knowledge about the topic you are speaking on. Consider the audience’s preferences, age, education & cultural background as these elements can determine their response to your message.
Communicate at the right time:
You must understand when to speak and when to remain silent. Your audience must be in the right frame of mind to receive your message. If the message is conveyed at a point when the listener is engrossed somewhere else, the whole communication would be a mere waste of time.
An influential communicator is aware of his or her abilities. There should be eye contact with the audience. Speak with a steady pace so that you are heard clearly.
Be a good listener as well:
Communication isn’t just regarding what you say. If you like to be a good speaker, then you have to be a good listener too. Don’t get so focused on what you’re saying that you are not willing to listen to the views of your listener. Communication will be useful only when the communicator, as well as the listener both, are equally involved.
Only conveying the message will not end your role as a communicator. Get feedback from the listener so that you can ensure that the message has been understood in the same way in which it was conveyed.