Successful communication in the workplace should be at the very top of every professional’s list of goals. It’s that important – as well as that difficult to establish and maintain for most of us.
If you’ve identified poor communication skills as the number one challenge in your place of business and have determined to be successful at overcoming it, read on.
More than Words
While women tend to be more verbal than men, we all understand the power of recognizing others for their efforts, contributions, and achievements. Give yourself, and others, the credit that’s due. Encouraging others is an important part of communicating that can quickly lift the mindset of an entire office space – and can be accomplished without words – through a genuine smile or a simple pat on the back.
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” Denis Waitley
More than Emotions
In the course of a day, nearly every emotion can be experienced on the job. Taking things too personally rarely allows you to critically examine what is occurring around you. Remaining neutral, on the other hand, will give you a more balanced point of view and allow you more rational responses to the unexpected, seemingly irrational happenings within the workplace. Communicating is always more effective when you are able to overcome your emotions, remaining calm and centered.
More than Technology
Technology is important to keeping communication channels open and being able to deliver information in a timely manner to those within your workplace. Today’s mobile devices make it easy to communicate even when someone is away from the office. But there is much to be said for the personal, one-on-one interaction that can only take place face-to-face, over a cup of coffee or across the desk. Challenge yourself to communicate in a more personal way. You’ll learn more about others – and yourself – when you take the time to connect apart from the use of technology.
More than Money
When it’s all been said and done, true success is measured by more than the amount of money you make. If your bottom line is always about ‘the bottom line’, you’ll miss out on the hidden treasures that are the people who make up your team. Communicating the value of building and growing solid working relationships is essential to the successful professional.
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