Everyday we are faced with emails, text messages, billboards, television, radio, Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Thousands of words are coming at us from everywhere! At the same time we have messages we want to send to others. Experts say most people speak about sixteen thousand words a day. So how can we make the words count and really communicate with others?
Effective communication is about connecting with others. If we can genuinely connect with individuals we will have:
- Stronger relationships
- Better sense of community
- More teamwork
- Increased productivity
Your colleague—maybe even your lunch buddy—is now your manager. How can you navigate this shifting dynamic gracefully?
You have the power to make this transition a career-limiting or career-enhancing experience through your actions. Here are four ways to make the most of the situation.
Listening is the ability to listen to more than just the words that are being spoken. Listening allows you to find out what people actually know and don’t know, what has and hasn’t been accomplished, where the concerns and misunderstandings are as well as the eunthusiasm and clarity.
Avoid these common listening pitfalls. These practical tips will help you hone your listening skills.