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How to Excel at Communication in a Workplace
Provide Clear Information
The key to being able to communicate well is to explain yourself clearly. Being able to provide clear information is important. When you communicate with others, whether this is using written or verbal communication, you need to be able to get your message across in a clear and concise way. To do this:
Don't use overly complicated words
Think about what you're saying before you say it
Try to imagine what the receiver is thinking when they hear your message
If you provide clear information when communicating with others, it helps to get your point across, and reduce any confusion or "mixed messages" between you and your listener.
Honesty is important in the workplace. It's important when communicating in the workplace. If you're honest with the people you're communicating with, it will ensure the right outcomes are achieved. Being dishonest will only cause more problems in the future and you may even get found out.
It's important to provide true and full information when dealing with others, so they're aware of the message you're providing to them. If they hear something that isn't quite true, they will make decisions and do things based on this information which, will most likely make things worse.
Use Verbal And Non-Verbal Methods
To be an effective communicator, you should be able to use both verbal and non-verbal methods for communication. Verbal methods include speaking, such as face-to-face discussions, meetings and phone calls. Non-verbal methods involve all other types, such as emails, text messages and documentation.
Practice using each method of communication whenever you can. It will come with experience, but you'll realise which situations suit different types of communication. Phone calls have more urgency, but emails are occasionally easier to explain topics and can be backed up by images and tables. It depends on the situation, of course, but if you're proficient in many types then using them won't be a problem!
It's surprising how many people in the IT industry have below average listening skills. You might be able to articulate yourself at a good level and get your message across, but if you're not an effective listener, then your skills can be improved. Communication in a workplace is a two-way road. Speaking is only one part of it – listening is the other half. This doesn't only mean hearing what