Developing Communication Skills

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Want to crush that next presentation? Learn practical strategies and tips for improving communication skills, including to make speaking in front of people way less scary!

How can you make people listen to what you have to say? Why is it important to listen when others are telling you something? Role models in this video share tips and techniques for building communication skills — including for those times you need to get up and speak in front of people, whether that's a class presentation, with your family, or in another time in your life.

Use the Resources here to sharpen your communication skills!

Fun Page Activity: What's the best way to avoid being nervous when you give a presentation? Take this quick quiz to see what you know about six keys to communication. Then check the Answer Key to see how you did. Plus, try "painting a picture" of a favorite place!

Independent Learning Guide: How can you convince someone to agree with you? Why is it important to think before you speak? Watch the "Communication" video, then use this guide to learn more about strengthening your own communication skills. This all-purpose guide can also be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a valuable discussion that can help students understand the importance of developing good communication skills—in school and beyond.

Classroom Lesson Plan: This step-by-step lesson plan is available to guide a more in-depth "before, during, and after" learning experience when viewing the video with students. This lesson plan is also suitable for use in after-school programs and other educational settings.