Communication. The word itself speaks volumes. If I were to say that you communicate well, you would know what I mean and appreciate it. If I said the opposite, you might have a problem with me.
A recent USA Today article goes over the difference between good and bad communication, but Andrea Kay is mainly speaking about in the workplace. Let’s go over five good every day communication skills/lessons.
- Even if you don’t have a job, you are a brand. Think about it for a minute. Every time you make a status on Facebook, talk to someone on the street, or Tweet out a thought, you are publishing something that has your brand stamped across it. What do you want your brand to say about you?
- If you do have a job, your brand can either be the life or death of you. If you are working at a bike shop and then tweet about how stupid commuting to work every day on your bike can be, what will your customers think? Before I ever put something into the almighty cloud I save it as a draft and read it over again. If I still like it, green light.
- When you talk to somebody, dont bull with them. I don’t care if it’s your roommate, coworker, or your girl friend. Be upfront and honest with people, and if you can’t tell them the truth, don’t tell them anything (unless it is super important – in that case, honesty is always best).
- If you mess up on something – big or small – come clean about it. Whether you believe it or not, people could care less about your excuses. They want to hear the truth and what you will do about it. If nothing else it shows them that you respect them, and that could make all the difference between being out on the street and being allowed to sleep on the sofa for a night.
- If you have a beef with someone, just tell them. Often times the person wasn’t aware that they were bugging you, and after that they will more than likely try to not do whatever it was anymore. If, on the other hand, they are like John’s housemate, they may go out of there way to avoid you. When it gets to that point, move on with your life. They aren’t worth getting grey hairs over.
There you have it, a foolproof way to communicating better in the new year. Of course, this is not a complete list. To be a great communicator you must be constantly practicing your skills. Decker Communications came out with a list of their top ten communicators of 2012. Observe some of these great speakers and try to see what makes them such good communicators.
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