Think You’re a Good Communicator? These 6 Signs Might Prove You Wrong

Being a communicator is fundamental both in your personal and professional lives. As an executive leadership coach, I’ve witnessed the significant impact effective communication can have on leadership success.

Many of you believe you are good communicators, but it’s essential to continuously assess and refine your communication skills. In this blog post, we’ll explore six signs that might suggest you’re not as adept at communication as you think. Recognizing these signs is the first step toward becoming a more proficient communicator.

Poor Listening Habits

One of the key components of effective communication is active listening. If you often find yourself interrupting others, not fully concentrating on what they’re saying, or forming your response before they’ve finished speaking, it could indicate a need for improvement. Effective communicators prioritize listening, seeking to understand others’ perspectives and valuing their input.

Lack of Clarity in Your Messages

Effective communicators convey their messages clearly and concisely. If you frequently receive questions or requests for clarification after communicating something, it might be a sign that your messages lack clarity. Pay attention to how you structure your messages, use language, and organize information to ensure that your audience can easily grasp your intended meaning.

Difficulty in Expressing Emotions

Emotional intelligence is a crucial aspect of communication. If you struggle to express your emotions appropriately or find it challenging to empathize with others’ feelings, it may hinder effective communication. Being attuned to your emotions and understanding how they influence your communication can help you connect with others on a deeper level.

Avoiding Difficult Conversations

Avoiding tough conversations or conflict can be an indication of communication shortcomings. Effective communicators are willing to address challenging topics, provide constructive feedback, and navigate conflicts with professionalism and empathy. Avoiding these situations can lead to unresolved issues and hinder team dynamics.

Overlooking Nonverbal Communication

Communication extends beyond words to include nonverbal cues such as body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice. If you neglect these aspects of communication, you may miss valuable information and misinterpret others’ intentions. Pay attention to nonverbal signals to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the messages being conveyed.

Inadequate Adaptability

Effective communication requires adaptability to various situations and audiences. If you tend to use the same communication style and approach regardless of the context, it may limit your effectiveness. Assess your ability to tailor your communication to different scenarios, whether it’s addressing a team, speaking with a colleague, or presenting to a diverse audience.

Becoming a skilled communicator is an ongoing journey that requires self-awareness and a commitment to improvement. Recognizing these signs that you might have room for growth in your communication skills is a positive step forward.

Lead From Within: Remember that effective communication is not just about talking; it’s about connecting and understanding.


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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR,, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.

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