Apr 23, 2016 08:58 AM EDT

How To Communicate Effectively During Meetings

Meetings are not everyone's cup of tea. Some employees even dread the thought of having to endure hours of brainstorming and the like.

Current and potential bosses need to learn the art of effective communication, especially during meetings. This will not only benefit you but your subordinates as well.

According to Inc., effective communication is an essential skill for leadership. Not only will a manager lose his team's trust if he or she is not able to convey his or her message well, it may also be a cause of huge loss for the company.

The publication noted that reading more can enhance one's written communication. Through reading more, you can increase your vocabulary, gain new ideas as well as empathy.

In a study by the Pew Research Center last year, it was revealed that the number of American book readers has gone down from 2014. Meanwhile, the number of e-book readers "has remained flat."

Young adults, about 18 to 29 years old, are said to be reading more than their elders. This does not bode well for the seniors in the workplace since, as mentioned, reading helps enhance communication skills.

Another tip for effective communication is to start by assuming that no one will believe you. Although this might seem contradictory, admitting that your message could be wrong may actually help you improve your message - or could make you leave that idea altogether and construct a better one.

"The greatest achievements are often the product of ongoing dialogue and compromise," Inc. wrote. Knowing that effective communication is a two-way street will vastly improve the chances that your message will be heard and understood.

Dynamic and effective communication can help you send "a well-worded, empathetic, thoughtfully developed message." This, in turn, can result to better employee engagement and take you one step closer to your goals.

A report by U.S. News also focused on how to use non-verbal cues effectively during meetings. One's appearance, gestures and posture is important for your overall message to be heard and understood.

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