Tips to Become a Better Communicator
Great communication at work is not only about the things you say. It’s also about the way you convey your thoughts in a clear and concise manner. While some people are naturally articulate, others need to work on their communication skills in order to position themselves as potential thought leaders and managers. So here are some tips to help you sharpen your communication skills.
Keep an open mind
Today’s workplace is full of diversity. These differences create environtment that is full of a wide range of experiences and opinions that can enrich the company’s culture. However, it can be tempting to stereotype people unintentionally, or to make assumptions about them based on a just few pieces of information. Assumptions stand in the way of communication, because you don’t consider the other person’s own unique background, personality and experience. Over time, this can jeopardize your relationship with them. Always remember to keep an open mind, listen, give the person in front of you the space to talk and express their opinions freely.
Don’t be vague
Transparency when conveying your ideas and thoughts is vital for your career success. It’s all about clear and timely communication. When you keep open and transparent communication channels with your colleagues , people will be more engaged and they end up feeling encouraged to share their feedback and output with you. Transparency foster type of comfort that will allow employees to perform better at their jobs.
Don’t be know-it-all
Many people believe that they need to have an answer to every questions. The reality is different though. Your ability to say “ I don’t know” to a questions can be appealing almost everyone you come across. It shows that you are genuine and that you don’t try to pretend that you know everything. Employers want to hire independent and self-sufficient people who can go the extra mile to finds solutions. Acting like a know-it-all can take a toll on your likeability.
Always be prepared
When you are unprepared, it’s very easy to get to tangled in hesitation when having a conversation. Take the time to educate yourself about the topics of your meetings. You will end up feeling calmer and more present. Preparation is the best thing you can do to familiarize yourself with what you might face.
Mind your body language
Your ability to use your body language in a way that emphasizes your words is vital to your career success. From getting a promotion to closing a deal, your non-verbal communication can make a big difference to whether you succeed or you don’t. There are sometimes indirect gestures, facial expressions and even shifts in your entire body that can give the wrong impression about you. The way you speak, walk, sit and stand says a lot about you. By becoming more aware of your body language, you will put yourself in better position in business and life.
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