Being a training and development enterprise, we always talk about technologies, tech skills, and other geeky stuff. However, we seldom emphasize on soft skills which are also equally important to help you make an impression in the job market.
So, here’s the ice breaker. In this article, we will talk about an essential soft skill that is a must to possess to get hired and shine in your professional endeavor. Soft skills and continuous learning can take your career to higher levels while the lack of it may result in stagnation. Although there are several soft skills that you need to acquire to become successful in your career, the one that is a necessity is communication skills.
Regardless of which industry you work for or your field of expertise, communication is the constant process going throughout your organization. In a corporate environment, you are constantly communicating with your peers, teammates, colleagues, partners, clients, stakeholders, etc. If you are not significantly good in your communication skills, you are likely missing opportunities to sell your ideas, gain credibility, focus your team, and perhaps wasting a lot of time.
Why Is Communication The Most Important Soft Skill for WorkPlace
Communication plays a vital role in all facets of a business. It can make a business or it can break it. It is therefore essential to maintain an effective system of internal communication as well as effective external communication with stakeholders and clients. This, in turn, requires that the communication skills of your employees are effective.
Below, we have enlisted a few reasons why effective communication is the most important workplace skill:
Communication Improves Productivity
Communication complements productive work and efficient performance which ultimately impacts the company’s business goals.
Communication Increases Job Satisfaction
Employees feel empowered when they are able to communicate effectively. Communicating clearly is crucial to optimizing worker and employer relationship, resulting in job satisfaction.
Communication Eliminates Misunderstandings
Poor communication is often a reason why employees quit their jobs. Effective communication can help you avoid workplace conflicts and misunderstandings which lead to increased stress and job frustration.
Communication Facilitates Effective Management
Communication plays a vital part when it comes to team management. Effective communication enables managers to put across exactly what they are seeking from their teams and engenders a good team spirit wherein the employees feel valued.
Communication Boosts Morale
When you can communicate effectively, you are understood and your ideas are heard. This gives you a chance to feel recognized and valued which in turn boosts your workplace morale.
An important thing to note at this point is that communication is not just about speaking or listening but it also includes written communication and other different forms of verbal and nonverbal communication and electronic communication.
How to Improve Your Communication Skills
Nobody is necessarily born a great communicator unless you are Steve Jobs. Everyone has to start from somewhere and the best way to hone your skills is practice and effectively make people understand exactly what you say.
So, let’s get some idea on how to improve your communication skills. We will start with written communication first.
Improve Your Written Communication
In a corporate environment, you often need to communicate through emails or other written communication formats. One of the biggest flaws that occurs in written communications is a failure to embed the content in a context. A written communication need not include every detail, but it is important to communicate the background.
It does not necessarily need to be as beautiful and thoughtfully crafted written piece of work like a Poetry of Keats, but it definitely needs to be clear and thorough. Also, instead of just bombarding the message, you should consider adding value to the conversation and ensure recipients understand the points you want them to.
It is also recommended to take the last look to check misspellings, typos, and incorrect grammar before sending the communication.
Work On Spoken Communication
To improve your spoken communication, you may take some basic lessons on public speaking. It is also essential to prepare in advance and give careful thought to the ideas you intend to communicate while speaking in a meeting or speaking about some tasks to your peers or colleagues.
A productive meeting requires good communication. If you are unable to articulate your ideas and put them across convincingly, you are likely to make any efficient progress.
Pay Attention to the Tone of Voice
To communicate effectively, it is essential to adopt a tone that suits your audience and context and is simple enough to be understood by all. For example, the language you use language to explain your work at an industry networking event has to be different from how you describe your job to your friends.
There modulate your tone of voice according to the context. Also, if you struggle to find the right words to compose a communication message, just start typing or speak the point that you want others to notice, and you may often find the process simple. Try to avoid adding heavy jargons as buzzwords just make a message more noisy and verbose.
Don’t Neglect Your Communication Skills
Communication is the most important skill not only for daily personal life but also in your profession and in business. Poor communication leads to wastage of valuable resources like energy and time. Notice patterns where people find difficult to follow your thought process or misinterpret your intentions.
While effective communication can help you get recognized, poor communication can land you into trouble. Therefore, make a point to hone an essential workplace soft skill and shine in your career.