As indicated from the list above, the better the communication skills, the more effective and successful people will be. The good news is that communication skills can be taught. Effective communication skills can be learned and improved through practice. Most people typically learn their communication skills from their family, teachers and friends. Problems arise when these influencers are poor role models. When people learn ineffective communication skills it is important for them to identify their areas of weakness, learn more effective ways of communicating with other people, and find ways to practice these critical skills.