Test Your Communication Skills

Effective communication skills in business give you a clear advantage. Are your communication skills enhancing your career? Use the test below and receive instant feedback.! This test will indicate areas where you may want to seek self-improvement. Let your communication skills keep you ahead of the game.

On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being "never" and 5 being "most often"), decide which best describes your communication skills. You may want to think to yourself "I never, rarely, sometimes, frequently, or most often. . ." Then check the appropriate number for each item. Feedback is at the end of the page.

1) Think before speaking

1 2 3 4 5

2) Organize my thoughts

1 2 3 4 5

3) Enunciate clearly

1 2 3 4 5

4) Ask open-ended questions for clarification

1 2 3 4 5

5) Screen out distractions

1 2 3 4 5

6) Engage in active listening

1 2 3 4 5

7) Watch for nonverbal cues

1 2 3 4 5

8) Avoid excessive use of jargon

1 2 3 4 5

9) Use gender-neutral language

1 2 3 4 5

10) Paint verbal pictures

1 2 3 4 5

11) Use active verbs

1 2 3 4 5

12) Am receptive to new ideas

1 2 3 4 5

13) Understand the importance of timing

1 2 3 4 5

14) Avoid words that hurt

1 2 3 4 5

15) Commit to being truthful

1 2 3 4 5

16) Respect the other person's point of view

1 2 3 4 5

17) Present a good personal image

1 2 3 4 5

18) Smile

1 2 3 4 5

19) Handle disagreements with tact

1 2 3 4 5

20) Keep negative emotions under control

1 2 3 4 5