No matter in which role or position you are at work, communicating effectively can help get the work done faster. Effective communication helps you to climb the corporate ladder faster. With a little effort, you can improve your communication considerably following simple principles. Here are some simple tips to help you communicate effectively at work:
Generate Self confidence
You need to understand your self worth. You can talk confidently only when you believe you can convince others. Your self-confidence will give confidence in others to listen to you.
Develop interest in others
Be genuinely interested in others. When you are genuinely interested in others, you will understand them better and thus communicate better. You will then take interest to know what they are doing at work of if they have any issues with what they are doing.
Understanding their issues will help you talk to them better. This aspect has more and more significance as you grow up the corporate ladder and more and more people look up to you.
Help others to talk
Effective communication is not just about talking. A good communicator also helps others to talk. There are many ways to get people to communicate. One of the best and proven methods is to throw leading questions to others. Some people are passionate about a particular discipline or subject matter. Throw questions related to an area that will help the person open up. Such open talks help in improving productivity at places like shop floor where your foreman can help you with managing various issues.
Listen more, talk less
You must also listen to what others have to say.
In fact one of the underlying principles of effective communication is to talk less and listen more. You must sincerely listen and show interest in what the other person is talking. Clarify points that you may not have understood, which will also give the speaker the assurance that you are listening keenly.
Diversify your interests
As you grow up in an organization, it is also important for you to diversify your interests. Limiting to just one area of interest can also limit your career growth. Apart from technical matters, get interested in theater, sports and books. A knowledgeable person can communicate better and keep conversations alive.
Understand body language
Effective communication is again not just about talking and listening. You can communicate a lot more by not talking! Yes, your body can communicate a lot. It is important to understand the language of the body and also teach the body to communicate effectively. As an effective communicator, you will also understand the non-verbal messages of others.
Take one step at a time
If you are not a good communicator and are trying to improve your communication, take the process step by step. First communicate with your peers, then with your supervisor and then take it to the senior management level. Keep analyzing improvements and changes in your communication.
With little self-discipline and patience, you can communicate effectively, both at work and in your personal life.