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5 Great Books to Improve Your Communication Skills

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5 Great Books to Improve Your Communication Skills

Human beings have been communicating with each other with the use of language for the last 10,000 years. Without the use of language, humans would not have evolved the way they did. To succeed in today’s modern world, you are expected to be well versed in at least two languages.

I understand that along with verbal communication, non-verbal communication is equally important. In this post, I am sharing a list of best books on communication skills that taught me both verbal and non-verbal skills. They give you a whole new perspective on how to be a self-sufficient and social person.

1. How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes

5 Great Books to Improve Your Communication Skills

About the author:

Leil Lowndes is an American author of self-help books on communication skills, business, and relationships. She is one of the best authors in this niche. Her own insufficiencies inspired her to learn the subject of communication skills to an extent that she began to teach others as well. She suffered from “social anxiety disorder” not only in childhood but also during her college days.

About the book:

The name of this book may lead you to think that this book is only about verbal communication skills but it’s much more than that. Leil has touched subjects like body language and personality development too. In fact, she gives more importance to non-verbal communication skills more than any other form of communication skill.

This book is for you if :

You feel awkward and clueless while talking to strangers in parties and event. Meeting people is not a big deal. You can go to any night club and meet a hundred people there. But if you constantly find yourself running out of things to say, you should read and implement the concepts discussed in this book. Leil has helped thousands of people worldwide who were in the same situation as you.

2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

5 Great Books to Improve Your Communication Skills

About the author:

Dale Carnegie is one of the pioneers of the self-help industry. His book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is not only the best book on communication skills but has also broken all sales records. \Dale was born in a poor family in a small American town called Maryville in Missouri. On growing up, he moved to Nebraska where he started his sales career. This is where his mind began to drift in areas like communication skills, persuasion, and self-improvement.

About the book:

Dale believes that you can change others behavior by changing our own behavior towards them. In this book, he has given step by step methods, anecdotes, and concepts that you can implement in your own life and finally become the popular and likable person that you always wanted to be. The content of this book is evergreen and timeless. This is what makes it one of the best books on communication skills.

This book is for you if :

This is a fantastic starter book if you want to begin your self-improvement journey today. As a beginner to the self-help world, you would be needing a book that explains the concepts and techniques with the help of real-life examples. This book is also ideal for people who work in sales and marketing. The first half of this book is about basic communication skills and how to get people to like you and the second part is more about leadership.

3. Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets by Carmine Gallo

5 Great Books to Improve Your Communication Skills

About the author:

Carmine Gallo is an American author and a key-note speaker based in California. Gallo gained popularity from his book “Talk like TED” which led to him getting featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Success Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek and on CNBC. He has written many other books on communication skills but this book stood out from the rest and made him popular in the entire world.

About the book:

Carmine Gallo explains the 9 public speaking secrets with the help of a host of TED talks. The great thing about TED talks is that you can head to YouTube and watch them anytime you want. He decodes the body language of the TED speakers and points out things that might go unnoticed to an untrained eye. While giving a speech, Carmine believes in communicating with passion and emotion. He has also given plenty of examples of how sharing stories in your speeches can have a hypnotic effect on your audience.

This book is for you if :

This book is for you if you own a business or work in a leadership position and are required to give speeches. This book also provides valuable insights for students who are preparing for a presentation in their college. The public-speaking secrets explained in this book are more beneficial for mass communication and not for one on one conversations.

4. Crucial Conversations by Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

5 Great Books to Improve Your Communication Skills

About the author:

Kerry Patterson is an American self-help writer. Kerry Patterson has written New York Times bestselling business books like Change Anything, Crucial Conversations, and Influencer. Currently, he is helping entrepreneurs and businessmen by teaching them advanced communication skills. He is a founder of VitalSmarts. At VitalSmarts, Kerry and his team conduct boot camps and seminars on communication skills.

About the book:

This book has turned out to be life-changing even for people who have a successful business or career. Crucial conversations are a part of our life and they cannot be avoided. Most people handle them poorly and if you fall in this category, reading this book is a must for you. This book is about learning how to have these crucial conversations which can shape your future.

This book is for you if:

This book is for you if you run away from social situations that make you uncomfortable. You haven’t yet addressed that fact that you are not articulate enough to lead the conversation when you are the center of attention. This book will provide all the tools and techniques you will need to influence other people.

5.  What Everybody is Saying by Joe Navarro

5 Great Books to Improve Your Communication Skills

About the author:

Joe Navarro is a former FBI agent who has shared the secrets he learned while investigating and solving difficult criminal cases. He is an expert in body language and has written this book to help civilians like you and me become better observers.

About the book:

There are nine chapters in this book, each describing every part of the body in detail. Joe Navarro has deciphered what every hand gesture, facial expression, and physical posture is actually signaling. One downside of this book is, it makes people so attuned to reading people that they start seeing how they have been lied to by people in their life. This creates emotional turmoil in them and they end up hating the people they once loved.  

This book is for you if :

This book is for you if you are oblivious to what people around you are thinking and feeling. Most people are already good with reading people just by observing how they move and talk. But most of us are not fortunate enough to have had opportunities where we were needed to do so. For instance, a retail salesperson has to read the body language of people who walk into the store.  

Closing thoughts

Communication skill is an interesting topic even for people who are naturally good with it. These are the best books on communication skill that I have come across. Moreover, they are also quite basic and approachable at the same time. So, understanding and implementing the concepts discussed in them won’t be too difficult for you.

Productivity

Ways to set up a Home Office

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Day 1: ‘I am feeling lethargic today, maybe I’ll take rest for a while and resume after a few hours’

Day 2: ‘Don’t feel like working today’

Day 3:  ‘Work from home is not productive at all! It was better when we could function in office’

Have you been experiencing this for the last few months? 

Work from home can get boring and unproductive real quick and with changing times, this could be something companies resort to permanently.

So what’s the solution to not lose your work drive and keep working to your contentment?

Why not change your home workspace into a professional setting that gives you somewhat similar vibes as your in-office environment!

Wondering how?

Well, read on! 

To transform a small part of your house can be tedious but if the thought of strategically, can complement it well enough.

First things first – visualize how office spaces are built, most importantly the area where you used to sit in for hours and hours.

Got an idea? Now all you have to do is structure that into a smaller carpet area.

Decide on a location thereafter – where in the house do you want to set up your office. Make sure to be very particular when considering this because this has a major role in determining work focus and concentration. A corner, an entire room or just dividing the room into workspace and home is all to you and your comfort.

Usually, it is recommended to be in a remote area (like away from the kitchen) so to block any unnecessary noise.

Another thing to be cautious about is the amount of light that your chosen location has. With no proper lighting, the strain will increase and you might find it difficult to keep going.

What do companies do after building the space? 

They settle on what furniture and equipment will be required to commence the activity.

Similarly, select your desk and chair wisely. You will want to need a chair that isn’t too hard nor is it too soft.

Too hard could make your back hurt and too soft can cause you to sit in a wrong position that’ll ultimately result in a backache. Ideally, a rolling chair is recommended because it’ll give you movement and comfort at the same time.

Coming to the size of your desk, it depends on if you want a longer one or a short desk would suffice. However, make sure that the workplace doesn’t look and feel too clustered because then your efficiency is what can be affected. Along with the size of the desk, it’s shaping also is equally significant. L-shaped, T-shaped or U-shaped or any other shape, that will look chic and be the perfect match to your location – judge appropriately.

While you are at it, keep in mind to place your desk in front of some view that will soothe your eyes. A pleasant scenery to look at acts as a relaxing tool for the mind and the eyes, giving you the refreshment you need during the job hours.

Have you noticed how your in-office cabin looked hassle-free and clean? That’s what exactly you want in your home office too, trust me. Wires tangled and plug loosely attached will definitely distract you and come in the way of smooth operation. So to avoid this, make sure you’ve proper connection and sockets for keeping your wires and plugs out of the way.

Moving continuously to fetch files and other important things can turn out to be time-wasting. To not lose out on productivity, you could have cabinets and drawers made around your desk or within the same area as is your workspace.

The office is not about just desk-work. There are visits and meetings and conferences too. Therefore, having an area dedicated to client meetings is necessary. Though if you feel that this is something that can be done without, it’s entirely your call.

Sitting in one place for about 8-9 hours every day can be monotonous. What can be worse is when the same to you sit in is bland and plain – just like a hospital ward. I am sure you don’t like that and certainly wouldn’t want your workplace to emulate the same!

Hence, decorate and paint!

Make your room look green to calm you or fill it with colors to keep you fresh, bright, and awake the entire day. If you didn’t know, colors very much influence your emotions.

Like I had mentioned before, changing interiors can be tedious but if strategically done, it can complement your home well enough. Considering that, you could design and decorate your home office according to your house and it’s color combinations. This will not only not erupt your interior but also make you feel safe and congenial making it easier for you to work.

In the end, whatever you read or see, go by what you feel is right and appropriate for your house and your surroundings. Do not place anything that isn’t required or is unnecessary and just keeps adding up your budget.

In an attempt to make your home office beautiful and classy, remember to not walk off the money line. Setting a workplace at home can be expensive but if done well within the monetary limit, you are sure to get elegant and reasonable decor.

What?

Are you still reading? 

Go!  It’s time you start planning because you never know when offices might open up and you may be required to step out of your lazy workdays.

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How Reading can impact your Day to Day Life?

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Reading is a healthy habit, which, if practiced daily, can change your entire life around. Do you want to know why? Through Reading, one can not only gain knowledge but also stay acquainted with the outside as well as the inside world. The best thing about reading daily is to have an isolated place for yourself in your mind, where you can run off to. Most people don’t have the patience or intention to read, and that too, daily. Though this is a habit that takes time to settle in but trust me, once it does, you would never regret it. So, here is a list of reasons why you should read daily?

Why should you read daily?

  • To gain knowledge

Once you start reading daily, and by Reading, it can be anything – you can read few pages of a novel, or a magazine, or newspaper, or even poetry – you would notice within weeks how much your knowledge regarding the outer world has improved. Through Reading, one can have clear information regarding the current affairs, and hence, stay updated.

  • To improve your vocabulary

Through Reading, you can definitely learn new words and hence, improve your vocabulary. Most people make it a habit to learn a new word from the dictionary every day, but if you read daily, you are bound to get new words and make a list of them on a notebook with their meanings, which is definitely going to be helpful for you.

  • To have a make-believe world

The most beautiful consequence of Reading is having one’s own imaginary world, where one can live a life full of magic. This is the extraordinary superpower one acquires while reading. In this busy daily life of ours, we all look for a secluded place where we can feel the essence of peace. Reading can fly you off to the imaginary land of sunflowers, daisies, and cats who can indeed talk.

  • To become more attentive

Most people lack patience nowadays. Being impatient and restless has become a severe problem in today’s world. Here, Reading can help you calm your mind and improve your observation skills. It works like meditation. In no time, you would find your mind focusing on details and becoming more attentive to events, which used to go unnoticed.

  • To reduce stress

Reading is similar to meditation, and hence, it definitely helps to reduce your stress. Books always have a calming effect on one’s mind. It takes you away from daily problems and stressful situations and helps your mind to gain stability. Not only it helps in reducing stress, but it also helps to decrease the anxiety levels of a person. 

Everyone should make reading a daily habit. One should switch off the mobile phones, turn off the television and take some time out to read. It works wonders on one’s day-to-day life and changes one person’s entire personality. Though it can be hard at first, with time, you would cherish the moments alone, reading in a corner while your mind is flying off to Narnia.

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Productivity

The Pressure of this Epidemic: Should we take it Slow or Get your Productivity Game on

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The race has begun, the race of life doesn’t stop even during quarantine or lockdown. It still continues when an epidemic is on the loose. Students all across were expected to continue working, office resumed productivity, and homemakers had it worse as their routine doubled. 

Opening social media, flooded with images, videos and posts of people baking, drawing, learning a new instrumentlearning new wilderness survival skills and working out, seems to be filled with energy. You look and you browse and you want to be filled with those emotions as those celebrities, friends, or influencers who seem to have figured a way to keep pushing through this pandemic. You imagine and daydream about a banana bread recipe you should try or that hype around the Dalgona coffee. You feel a sense of distance and anxiety, a fear of missing out. So you try, you try to push yourself, install tik-tok, and practice a common dance routine, decide to post it to establish that you are doing something too, you aren’t just lying around. There is this common unquestioned idea that when you are free and have time on your hand you should continue working, never waste time by just sitting down, or watching a show relaxing. This notion has been instilled and we as individuals are conditioned to feel that if you aren’t doing anything in your free time you are wasting time, not getting ahead in the horse race of this world. But, in lockdown and the current situation is tiring to comprehend. A state of panic and anxiety of the future, the fear of the virus and the death tools, fear of the contention of the world around. In all this, you feel obligated to be motivated and productive. To show that you have some value attributed to yourself even during a lockdown. 

Productivity is often measured by documenting and showcases it to other people. In this day and age where social media has taken over our lives, where everyone posts their lives online to show what they are up to. It helps take your mind off things, keeps you engaged. Not everyone needs to cope with the pandemic the same way, the hustle has been romanticized by capitalist society. Where one has to keep on their toes. So many of us have received links, or advertisements to push us into starting something new. Not many people talk about how it is okay to just not do anything and take it slow. Not realizing that the conventional definition of being busy doesn’t necessarily have to be productive in nature. Our time has become monetized, every passing minute one has to do something, 

When one is taking it slow and not pushing themselves into burning out they too are being productive. This can be said because they are introspective and reflecting upon themselves. Working towards rebuilding by taking it slow, relaxing as the times are tough. Lockdowns make one feel trapped as you have no social contact. One starts to feel the need for validation and added value to themselves. This is obtained by documenting and showing their productivity on social media. The competition to show how busy you are and how you have coped with this pandemic, but in reality, many are struggling. There has been an increase in problems like insomnia, backaches, headaches, feeling nauseated, and eventually leading to burnout. With the increasing fear and uncertainty about our future, there needs to be a period to pause and retrospect. It is completely acceptable to take your time off, as that too is a form of productivity for yourself. The idea that physical work attributes to your productivity levels is a notion that makes one forget about themselves. Taking care of yourself and taking the time off thinking and just take it one day at a time. The pandemic has led to work from home bases for both students and working individuals. Hence with the effect of the pandemic and the working situation, this pressure to be productive is an added factor for them to feel demotivated and isolated further. Apart from that parents and homemakers, have been burning out and need a means to just relax and have time off for themselves away from societal pressure. 

Final Thoughts 

Social media is a great tool to feel connected to this pandemic, but with this, it also brings in the pressure of being at the same level as everyone. One starts to feel “if they can do it so can I”. The energy and exertion both mentally and physically are draining, the constant juggle, and trying to draw a line with your various social groups sitting from home. The pandemic adds extra responsibility, in terms of taking care of your family, friends neighbors thinking about your work, and how to run your home. That is why with these added pressures you can decide for yourself what works best for you, being productive by following daily trends help you relax and cope with the situation then that is great. On the contrary, if you feel drained and are feeling extinguished from the pressure, then it is best to take it slow, relax as thinking, and working on yourself is a form of work too.

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