Show Understanding by Paraphrasing

One of the most powerful communication skills you can learn is the art of paraphrasing. When someone tells you something, make sure that you understand correctly by reflecting the message in your own words. 

In this way, you are letting the speaker know that you heard was said, and more importantly, that you are paying attention. 

You’re saying that…
Here’s what I am hearing…
What I hear you saying is…
I understand you to be saying…
You’re telling me…
If I understand you correctly…

Then the speaker can confirm that you heard them correctly. Or they can expand or clarify something that was misunderstood. Paraphrasing is a powerful technique and an effective step toward preventing misunderstandings. And it’s one way to show masterful communication.