A walkie-talkie or a two-way radio might seem like a thing of the nineties, however, this industry is expected to grow at a rate of almost 3.5 percent in the next five years!
You can rest assured that this popular and affordable means of communication isn’t going out of style anytime soon.
So, how do you keep up with your times and master the art of using and communicating through a two-way radio?
This article outlines everything you need to know!
Take a Moment to Prepare
Two-way radios are all about keeping it short, straightforward, brief, and simple. Take a moment to gather your thoughts and figure out the most efficient way to communicate your thoughts.
You are more likely to fumble over your words and risk being misheard if you are stressed. Before you communicate, take a few deep breaths and try to calm yourself just a little bit to ensure effective speech.
Be Deliberate With Your Speech
You do not want to have to repeat what you have to say. Time is money. You have no seconds to waste on niceties, pleases, and thank yous.
Speak slowly, but clearly, allowing the other person to truly take in and digest your words.
When you have several things to say, be sure to say the word ‘break’ between these various points. When you allow for these pauses between sentences, the other person gets an opportunity to acknowledge what you’ve said. Additionally, they can use these pauses to address any concerns or clarifications they may have.
If you couldn’t hear the other person you can say ‘go again’, however, if you heard and understood the message you can say ‘copy’. Familiarize yourself with walkie-talkie lingo to improve efficiency.
Each of you has a turn to speak, and you want to communicate quickly and efficiently. Interruptions will only cause delays. If you have questions or are unclear on what the other person has stated, be sure to save your questions for after you’re done.
Ensure the Functionality of Your Two Way Radio
Before you begin using your two-way radios, ensure that they are functional. This includes charging the batteries, adjusting the volume, and making sure both devices are in range. Make sure these are updated with relm software or other relevant upgrades.
To do this you can call in and say ‘radio check’ or ‘walkie check’, to which your partner will respond ‘read you loud and clear’ if they can hear you.
Take the Two Way Street
Two-way radios are a quick, efficient way of communicating with another person. Be sure to keep your messages short and concise, read up on walkie-talkie lingo, and ensure that your devices are working properly at all times.
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