Your Career Could Depend on How You Communicate
Career building depends as much on your soft skills as it requires appropriate technical skills. How skillfully you communicate will be the true test of your inter-personal skills as you build your reputation as a team player with leadership skills. You need to communicate all the time at your work. Face to face conversations, writing memos, emailing, conversing on the telephone, listening at meetings and seminars — each situation demands your effectiveness as a communicator.
Overcome the Barriers First
There are numerous barriers to communication that we may not be conscious of; primarily, barriers caused by the ingrained preconceptions and prejudices based on one’s education, background, emotions, attitudes, perceptions, opinions, and experience. Once you realize that effective communication skills could spur your career to new heights, you will automatically start honing your communication skills and become aware of these barriers so you can communicate more effectively.
Stick to the Point
Trim your communication down to only that which is important and relevant to make it effective. That will ensure that there are fewer barriers to overcome, and that it will be more targeted. Whether you’re trying to stimulate interest or spur action, you must engender enthusiasm in your target audience — even if it is only your manager you are trying to convince. It always pays to improve communication skills especially when your career growth depends on it. If you are leading a small team now; you’re obviously going to aim for the next level.
Aim for the stars
You should set your sights high. You need to motivate your team members when delegating responsibilities. This calls for a high level of communication skills. Improving your listening skills and recognizing unspoken messages would help you significantly. Further, you might need to inspire your colleagues to take action or improve their level of service to stay competitive. This means you need to use the right language and be more aware of the potential barriers we’ve mentioned.
Reinforce the Verbal Message
You can reinforce your verbal message with appropriate body language in face to face communications. When speaking to someone on the phone, your posture, whether you are smiling, your tone of voice, even softness/loudness could impact the way the conversation goes. Learn to be tactful without sacrificing the impact of your message. You might want to take a course on improving communication skills, or attend a set of workshops. You could also search online for materials to guide you.