I find it the most frustrating when I come across someone who cannot make use of basic communications skill. In some way or another, we are all accountable to someone. We need to report, give feedback or even just have a conversation with someone who waits for you at home after the day’s activities.
I have sat through an adequate number of interviews in my few years of work experience; not as an interviewee but as an interviewer and I have watched how communication done right, can put a candidate 10 steps ahead of others. Communication is the backbone of any kind of relationship, and when one lacks basic communication skills such as greeting when you walk into a room, saying thank you or I am sorry they are just about doomed. You see you cannot do life alone; you need to create relationships that will work to your benefit. There is a saying we say often at church; I am connected to the people connected to my destiny. This phrase speaks to the notion that you cannot do life alone, and in order to do life with others, I promise you communication is of absolute importance.
Communication is not just saying hello, saying I am sorry, but it factors giving the correct information at the correct times to the correct people. Learning when to say what and with what approach is the best thing you can do for your own personal development; it places you 10 steps closer to living a life where you are the best version of yourself. Let’s look at a few things that can help with improving our communication and being the best version of ourselves…
Read, Read, Read and read.
Communicating efficiently requires you to have acquired a vast vocabulary and there is no better way to do this than through reading. You don’t have to read specifically on the communications topic. Read a book, an article or a blog or anything and everything (follow our website for continuous reading content). Challenge yourself to read something new every day, every week or every month. What ever works for you, just find a way to include reading into your schedule
Master the forms of communication.
I am generally a very observant individual and I pay a lot of attention to one’s body language, I regard it a very important form of communication. Communication is not just verbal or written. It can be acted out, implied and even visual in the form arts and or sports. Society has conformed us to regard verbal and written communication as the most important kinds of communication to master for professional prospects, however that written and verbal communication most often than not may need to be accompanied by your body language and or an artistic expression. So work on all five forms of communication, let your actions and words speak the same story.
I am one who often listens defensively so and not intensely for the purpose of understanding. You see communication is not just what you say or do but it is also how you react to others too. Learning how to listen with the intention of understanding instead of just responding will work well with you. It puts you in a position where you can take instructions and understand concerns which evidently places you perfectly for being one who can come with solutions. So, go ahead, listen to seminars, webinars, interviews and all other forms of verbal communication in the effort to challenge yourself to be an attentive listener.
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