Communication is Key!
Having the ability to communicate effectively with others is a personal skill we can obtain which can have the greatest impact on our professional skills.
In a 2018 article, John F Reh advises that being a good communicator can influence: “job satisfaction, promotion potential and career success”.
By investing time and effort into developing your communication skills, you are also investing time and effort into your future. Being a good communicator will increase your ability to achieve success and help you get one step closer to reaching your goals.
We have compiled a simple short list of key ways to help you develop your communication skills:
Start with Non-Verbal
Pay attention to body language, facial experiences and posture. Non-verbal gestures will set the tone of the conversation and give you an indication of how it is going. Be sure to pay attention to your own gestures also. Mirroring your conversation partners body language is known to build understanding.
Master the Art of Timekeeping
Preparation is key! Know what you are going to say. Be specific. Be brief. Get your message across as clear and concise as you can. We all know how hard it is to get a hold of our manager or team lead for a quick chat, so make sure to make the most of it. Try to avoid going off on a tangent!
Ask all of the questions
Asking questions shows that you are engaging in the conversation and that you know what is going on. There’s nothing worse than walking away from a meeting and being more confused than when you walked in. Do some research on the conversation partner, the topics of discussion, or whatever the case may be.
Use the correct medium
A good communicator knows the correct medium to use when communicating a particular message. An article written on mediums of communication emphasizes that “the medium you use to communicate your message is just as important as the message itself”.
So there you have it ladies and gents, the power of good communication is now in your hands… yes, YOUR hands.
Orangeworks offers a range of unique experiences that will get your team communicating better together. Our team development solutions are expertly designed to help your team work more effectively and form stronger relationships. We encourage them to achieve more – together. Get in touch with us to explore some ideas.