I really don't think the first one "always be part of a big group" would help communication skills. When you are part of a large group, it's easy to sit back and let others do all the talking and because it's a large group, one's lack of participation isn't neccessarily noticed. So I'd change that to "be part of small groups"....in a small group it isn't so easy to "hide in the corner" so to speak, you're pretty much forced to participate, which means communicating your thoughts and ideas. Read...reading goes a long way towards increasing one's vocablulary. Writing papers on different subjects helps as it makes you focus your thoughts and ideas on one topic and requires logical, cohesive presentation. And as Loirkeet mentioned, a speech class. It will give you not only all that she mentioned but also PRACTICE in speaking so that you are more comfortable with it and so better able to focus and present your ideas.
at 8:41 AM on May. 27, 2010