Having good communication skills in today’s world can take you a long way and open doors for you that wouldn’t have otherwise. A little bit of time in the real world and you’ll realize that sometimes succeeding in your career comes down to who you know rather than what you know. For this reason, it’s important to know how to communicate with anyone and network your socks off, to leave a lasting impression. Here are 4 tips to help you communicate like a boss lady… or man:
1. Be You, Be Authentic
First and foremost, it’s so important to stay true to yourself in business and in life. Not being authentic will suck the soul and drive right out of you, so it’s better to be exactly who you are. By staying authentic, you will come across as a relatable person, allowing you to build your relationships more easily. The most common misconception about being professional, is that you have to change who you are and that couldn’t be more wrong. You can have a professional side to your personality, but it should still be a part of who you truly are, because in the end, being authentic will make you feel comfortable and confident in your communication.
2. Use That Body Language
Nonverbal communication is just as important as verbal communication. When it comes to nonverbal communication though, a little goes a long way. Fun fact? Most of the communication we do throughout a day is nonverbal. Become aware of your body language and the messages you are sending. By making minor adjustments, you can compliment the words you use with nonverbal queues.
3. Tame Your Thoughts By Organizing Them
Whether you’re communicating in a room full of friends, or in a formal business meeting, organizing your thoughts in advance can help you to stay present yourself, and communicate clearly. Being a more professional version of yourself can sometimes be as easy as being prepared.
4. Make It Short and Sweet By Being Concise
Long and off-topic conversations can make it difficult to stay engaged, and you’re a lot less likely to retain the information. This is why it’s important to stay concise in your communication, especially when it comes to business. Making it short and sweet (like using direct sentences) is usually best, and you can always elaborate if need be.
– Jamie Fleetwood
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