“The art of communication is the language of leadership”
As a professional, you work always for your professional development. You refine your business skills frequently to increase your demand in your field of work. For this reason, one of the significant tools at your disposal is your communication skill. The best of business skills cannot help if effective communication skills do not survive.
Communication is not incomplete to verbal and written communication. Its also visual, i.e. your body language. You can communicate by the use of your look, mannerisms, etc. Whether its public-speaking, giving presentations or making your superior/team members listen to what you have to speak, effective communication skills are a must for each and every professional.
Here I will share the fundamentals of effective communication skills in a series of posts for your professional development.
Follow the points below to learn how to communicate better and develop your business skills:
(1) Plan what you want to communicate and stick to the subject.
In business surroundings, there is no opportunity for extra time or second guesses. So choose what you want to communicate before you go up to your superior, stand in front of listeners, or write a memo. Keep it short and to the point. Do not pile on irrelevant information. You will misuse time, not impress any person with unwanted information.
(2) Defeat Fear
Fear can make you hesitate while you talk, or lose concentration while you write, the result being a confused listeners. Lose your anxiety. Focus on what you have to communicate.
(3) Stay Away From Arguments.
Every outcome has a reason. Your communication will invoke some response from others. Listen to or understand the reactions carefully. Handle comments in a positive manner patiently. If you get into arguments, you will lose kindness. And you certainly do not want to lose that kindness.
(4) Be Careful Of Your Body Language.
When you are talking to a person or listeners, avoid unhelpful gestures like flapping your hands around while conversation, standing with your arms crossed over your chest, chewing pens, etc. Dress comfortably. And pay attention to your position.
Whether you communicate with your superior, or plan a presentation, the top of points can help you design your communication in such a way that others recognize you, and you are satisfied with the result. Apply these points to improve more effective communication skills for your professional development.