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How to ensure people really hear you

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business woman giving presentationStrong communication is a skill you can use throughout your career, so hone it whenever you can.

You can start with these seven tips for getting people to listen from Dave Pottruck, chairman of High­­Tower Advisors and CorpU.

1. Keep it real. If you come across as inauthentic, people won’t listen. Share what you believe in and what you struggle with. Being honest makes you human and relatable.

2. Understand yourself. You have to connect to yourself before you can connect with others. Knowing your motivations will help you keep your communication authentic.

3. Get help. Guidance from a mentor or coach can help you with communication challenges you might have.

4. Teach yourself. Reading books and articles on the topic can help you build on the communication skills you have.

5. Set a good example. Your words are your values. If you don’t walk the talk, people will not believe what you have to say.

6. Tell stories. Using real-life ex­­am­­ples can help connect you with your audience and get them engaged in what you’re saying. Stories can also illustrate the point you’re trying to make more effectively.

7. Pay attention. Part of communicating is listening, so ensure your listening skills are strong, too. Building a two-way connection with your audience will help ensure they hear what you’re trying to say.

— Adapted from “7 Tips to Get Your Team to Actually Listen to You,” David Pottruck, Entrepreneur.

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