Communication is key to any job in any field, especially one that requires collaboration. And though it may seem easy, communication is something that people often struggle with. Having good communication skills ensures of better chance of success. Here are some tips on how to improve your skills so that you can continue to be successful in your career.
Communicating isn’t all about talking. Listening is just as important. People want to be heard when they speak, so it is important to really listen to what someone has to say. Pay attention and ask questions. Show that you really about the conversation being had. It is important to let the other person know that you are involved in the conversation even if they are doing most of the talking. Listening can also be very beneficial for you. If you really listen to what someone has to say, you could learn a thing or two, or maybe the conservation will spark some of your important ideas.
Remain Professional When Necessary
Know who you are talking to and speak properly. It is okay to use slang and abbreviations when talking to a close coworker or friend, but the approach you take to your boss should be much different, especially when the conversation has to do with work. Be sure to speak thoroughly and professionally. This is also necessary for emails. Be sure to use proper grammar and punctuation.
Body Language is Extremely Important
Having good body language means so much. This includes eye contact, hand placement, and body posture. Make good eye contact, don’t fidget with your hands, and sit or stand up straight. Remain professional.
Be Brief, Yet Specific
This goes for written and verbal communication. You should never have write a novel or tell a long story just to get a point across, especially when speaking to someone higher up in your line of work. We all like things to be quick and easy, even when it comes to communicating. Say the most important things necessary in the shortest amount of time possible.
This is extremely important for verbal communication. Whether we like to admit it or not, as we all get older, our memory gets worse. Don’t rely on it. Take notes and write everything important down. It is easy to sit and really listen to what someone has to say, but remembering everything can be tough. Taking notes ensure that you won’t forget the information.
Think Before You Speak
We’ve all been there—in a situation where we say something we immediately regret. Words aren’t always easy to take back, so really think before you speak, especially when you are in a ‘heat of the moment’ type of situation. Don’t let your emotions take over your conversation.
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