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Shefali Khanna | Guest Student Editor Challenge | Edition 3 | Success starts with a C

Intraskope’s Guest Student Editor Challenge is an opportunity for students passionate about communications to showcase their creative spark and get noticed. The theme for this series is: Making our World a Better Place Through Effective Communications.

In the 3rd edition,  Shefali Khanna discusses the importance and value of human communication. Despite technologies which bring us closer, we still crave for the human touch. She explains the barriers to improving our communication and provides steps to overcome them.

Shefali is currently pursuing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management in Human Resources and Marketing from the New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi. Having completed her graduation from DAVV University, Indore, an internship from Grasim Industries with the L&D department in her final year and a SIP from Margdarshak Development Projects and Consulting ltd, she believes she has gained much needed financial edge and HR skills to be a diligent professional. She also did a stint with ABC Consultants, one of her greatest moments where she worked on her short-term goals in HR and designed a career path to achieve her long-term goals to be at a CHRO level position in a reputed organization. She honed her blogging skills and currently works with the Bloggers Alliance as an Executive in Corporate Communication. She loves reading motivational books helping her introspect from time to time.

She has tagged Akanksha Srivastava who will write the next blog. Read on.

Success starts with a C

Yes! You read that right. The foundation of a happy life is our ability to communicate effectively. Communication is not just imparting or exchanging information – it’s like oxygen to any relationship, without it…life doesn’t survive.

Communication is that simple and, that complicated.

Mutual understanding and genuine human connection, despite our differences, can help us to figure out what’s going wrong and what can be done to make things right.

Makes sense, right?

A little change in perspective can make a huge difference to make the world a better place.

But in today’s complex, digitally driven world, makes this even more challenging.

So, how to overcome these barriers?

1)Show your Passion – I am sure you’ve heard about Martin Luther King, Jr and Sir Winston Churchill.

What do these two men have in common?

They brought people together in the face of adversity and accomplished their goals. Thanks to their communication skills.

So, it’s very important to let people know what your goal is. They need to know what you care about. Have a clear mindset and be confident.

2)Always have a learning attitude – Even if you have thorough knowledge of your subject, which is much needed for communicating, you should still be open to learn more every day. And that’s how you keep enhancing your communication skills.

Explore. Learn. Grow.

3)Be Understanding and empathetic – Let people know you care about them, that you’re listening to them. I believe this is the most important aspect in communication and so relevant right now. Don’t just communicate in order to prove yourself because you never know what the other person can teach you.

We are all surrounded by newer technologies – AI, robotics among others. Still in times of stress, people want to connect on a human level.

That human touch is evergreen. Be human.  

Therefore, no matter what job you have in life, your success will be determined – 5% by your academic credentials, 15% by your professional experiences and 80% by your communication skills. It is that human connection which is the key to your personal and career success.  

Embrace this gift of communication and make an impact!

 What’s your take? Please share your views, experiences and stories here.

Keen to participate in the Intraskope’s Guest Student Editor Challenge? Reach out to the student tagged and ask to get tagged! Or, reach out to [email protected] with your request.

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