Effective Communication Skills for High Schoolers


-as taken from the Botvin LifeSkills Training High School program

Effective communication is the respectful exchange of thoughts, feelings, and beliefs between a speaker and a listener in such a way that the listener interprets the message the same way the speaker intended it.


Speaker and Listener 

  • Maintain Eye Contact.
  • Facial Expressions, such as smiling and nodding should show interest. 
  • Your body language and gestures should be confident but inviting.   
  • Find a physical distance that has you near enough to talk to each other easily but not so close that you feel crowded.



  • Your words should match your body language.  
  • Ask both specific and open-ended questions.    
  • Don’t monopolize the conversation.      
  • Keep your tone of voice clear and respectful.                               


  • Use Active and passive listening.                                                                                                                                  
  • Let the other person finish sentences; don’t interrupt.
  • Summarize what you have heard and check for understanding.
  • Keep your tone of voice clear and respectful.                                                                                                

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