One of the most important skills for any job is the ability to communicate. In fact, many employers rate it as the most important skill a person can have. It is necessary for top performance, and certainly essential when working with others in your company.
If you want to make the most of your career, it is a skill you need to cultivate and improve as much as possible. Here are a few tips to help you do that.
Learn How to Listen
Communicating well is more than just sending information. It is also about receiving it. Listening is just as important as speaking or writing, if you want to communicate effectively. You need to understand the other person’s perspective, biases, knowledge or lack of it so you can tailor your message accordingly. You need to be open-minded as well, willing to engage other viewpoints and perspectives.
To listen well, you need to focus on what the other person is saying, to devote all of your attention to them. Many people instead are busy formulating their own thoughts about what they are going to say when they get the opportunity to speak. Give the other person time to finish their points without interrupting them.
Body language is important as well. You need to show your interest, facing the other person directly, looking at them, nodding occasionally or verbally acknowledging your understanding. And you need to ask questions if there is something that you do not understand.
Clarity and Precision
To communicate well, you need to be clear and precise about your message. To do this, you need to first think about what you are going to say, what point you are trying to make, so that you don’t ramble. Expressing yourself clearly in speaking or writing means avoiding jargon or wordiness.
Don’t make assumptions either. Stop occasionally and check to see that the other person is following you, that they understand what you are trying to say. Take the time to explain things in more detail if you need to.
This is just as important as what you say. When you communicate, people are reading your body language as well and forming judgments based on it. Your stance, gestures and facial expressions are all communicating just as loudly as your words without ever making a sound. Body language is something good communicators pay attention to.
It is a truism that to succeed in business today, you need to be a lifelong learner. To be a good communicator, you need to read content from outside your own field. The more widely you read, the more you see how others communicate, use language, organize their thoughts and how they persuade.
Put Your Communication Skills to Use
If you have worked on your internal communication skills and are looking for a new position, Opti Staffing should be your first stop. The team of staffing specialists at Opti Staffing has the experience and knowledge to find you a job that fits your skills and knowledge. Give us a call today.