When you’re unable to explain yourself in work.
In our work environment, we’re tasked to resolve problems. While analyzing the issue we get lots of doubts and insights to share with team mates or stack holders.
Problem pours in when we feel that we know somewhere in our mind, what we want to say, but still get stuck between the right words or clear explanation or logical reasoning or may be something else. In the end, we deliver convoluted arguments which is hard to digest or infer to extract out the agenda.
What should one do in these scenarios?
First and foremost, just relax. Stay calm and keep the confidence up.
Because it happens with literally everyone. The only difference is that people with their experience and wisdom have developed a way to overcome complexities and elucidate their thoughts while being in the discussion itself.
Here are the crucial points which you must try to practice and implement and see yourself coming out with flying colors the next time you’re in similar awkward situation.
1. Prepare the very brief headline note (mental or written) of your main agenda in these 3 questions:
a. What’s the topic or objective?
b. What are difficulties?
c. Why those issues exist and what’re possible solutions.
Remember you don’t have to prepare big notes for the above. Just ask yourself these and then by yourself in crisp one or two lines. Details will flow in thereafter accordingly.
2. During discussion, if not sure about anything, mention it. Just stay calm and come back next time with more research.
Here the point is very clear. If you are not confident or blank about any of the points being asked or discussed with you and you start bluffing, then you’re doing more harm in a much more bigger way.
You may end up providing false information for a critical case or may be unknowingly damage your own reputation or burdening yourself with unrealistic expectations only to let down yourself the next time.
Don’t worry your audience, whom so ever they are will be be happy instead that you’re brave and courageous enough to accept mistakes on your side and pledge to come back stronger. A very crucial aspect any employer look for in their star performers.
3. Learn from all of your encounters — good or bad.
Make a note, in your mobile, about the mistakes you made in a discussion. Also make sure to mention what all possible suggestions you’ve for yourself to tackle those. Keep updating these suggestions as you progress in your career.
These notes will help you to keep you conscious about usual and unexpected anomalies you’re inclined to make in similar environment.
So next time, you’re up for a session of information sharing, a quick glance on these notes before you start will magic in your mind, subconsciously
Remember, your confidence and inclination to improve with every setback are the key to these tricky communications and discussions.
Because to be the master you’ve to learn what all it takes to be the one.