Communication improves productivity!!
We have all experienced misunderstandings, can remember the knot in our stomach, or feeling stressed. You also know effective communication increases ideas, efficiency, productivity and innovation in your team. Effective communication skills will help express opinions, feelings, needs and ideas, and improve well-being. It enhances professionalism, eliminate conflicts and hurtful situations at the workplace. You know very well; all of this can reduce or increase your bottom line. How do you choose?
Importance of effective communication skills in business or the workplace
Today’s economy, competitive market and the need for accountability, call for greater efficiency, productivity and innovation. This only happens with effective communication skills. Communicating professionally is vital for your career, in business, at the workplace, or in life. Excellent communication skills are the key to the strength, innovation, success, longevity, and advancement of any organization.
Improving communication skills will enhance collaboration and cooperation among staff, various departments and management. It will also help avoid miss-understandings and beneficial when collaborating with colleagues. We know, no one needs any more unnecessary stress. If you want your business to be on the leading edge, you know effective communication skills are the foundation for building capacity, empowerment, creativity, and productivity in your team. 😊
“When communicating, you can build a wall or a bridge!”
Types of communication
Four common types of communication:
- Interpersonal communication
- Non-verbal communication
- Written communication
- Verbal communication
All these components are crucial in business, professional career, at the workplace and in life. Most people know the feeling, when someone is judgmental in their tone even while using the right words. However, often people are not as self-aware on their non-verbal communication (facial expression, tone, eye contact, or body language) style.
I know for years, you have heard me highlight that 93% of communication is non-verbal. However, choosing words carefully is very important in written or verbal communication. Practice looking for the appropriate vocabulary and language is also great exercise for your brain!
“Words matter, words empower”
One area that is mostly overlooked is ‘Active Listening’ which is crucial to communication. Often, people confuse hearing someone speak with active listening.
You might ask what is the difference? The difference is being present. If you are planning your day, thinking of your next meeting, finding an email, texting, or preparing a response, you are not actively listening. Trying to defend your action or what you said or didn’t, will prohibit you from understanding or effectively communicating.
“Listen to understand rather than to respond”
Can poor communication cause conflict in business or workplace?
Communication plays a vital role in life. Effective communication skills will help you express your thoughts, opinions, values, and beliefs. It will help you communicate how you feel, what you need, or your ideas, effectively and professionally. It helps enhance professionalism, eliminate conflicts and hurtful situations at the workplace. It will also reduce stress leave, while building trust and respect, and enhance collaboration.
Would you like to improve well being, create harmony, and enjoy your business, workplace or life? Invest and practice communicating more effectively. It will also help you avoid unnecessary stress, miss-communication, and beneficial when collaborating with colleagues.
“Say what you mean and mean what you say!”
How to improve interpersonal communications skills?
Factors that impact effective communication skills:
- Being self-aware
- Taking responsibility
- Being non-defensive
- The art of negotiation
- Open to feedback
- Active listening
- Being assertive
- Aware of own thinking
- Ability to learn
- Eager to grow
As you know implementing change is more than transfer of information but rather turning knowledge to transform attitude in order to modify behaviour. One of my tips, is to practice what you want to say, and let go of emotions that are holding you back i.e. hurt, mad, being offended, angry, or being defensive. Practice role playing with a friend, family member or someone who can be objective, is highly effective.
Self Confidence and communication skills
You know when you feel confident, you are clearer and more concise. This of course, impacts the message you convey. There is a direct correlation between self confidence and communication skills. Low self esteem and self confidence often lead to being more harsh, offensive, or defensive, which break down communication. On the other hand, we articulate our message and thoughts more effectively when we feel more self confident rather than beating around the bush.
Higher level of confidence, self-esteem, and professional communication are vital to feeling empowered and ultimately greater success. Encouraging and inspiring your team for continued learning for a desire to build stronger positive professionalism in life. It will also help in better decision making and moving ahead. Of course, as you know, creating a shift in mindset is key. Confidence, self-esteem, and professional communication will improve well-being and propel any professional or business to greater success!
Communicating assertively and professionally is vital to successful career, leadership, business, workplace and life. Self esteem, self confidence and effective communication skills are foundation for building blocks to implement ongoing consistent positive communication changes for greater efficiency and a harmonious team. A team that trusts, respects, communicates effectively, collaborates better and is more productive.
Communicating assertively and professionally while respecting boundaries will help achieve goals, and improve well being, for enhanced harmony and productivity in business, at the workplace or in life. It empowers individuals to see their potential on the journey to be who they want to be. It will also help them make better choices in life.
Confidence colors our world brighter!!
Want to invest in yourself, your team, or family member to avoid misunderstandings, be more self aware, simplify difficult conversations, and enjoy greater confidence?
Register for these upcoming three workshops on communication 🙂