10 Communication Tips for Every Professional
February 20, 2017
Here are ten communication tips to work into your professional arsenal.
Trying to remember how to communicate efficiently with coworkers and clients after the holiday season? We have wrapped up ten of our best tips from ten of our courses, to give you a fast preview of what you can do to communicate efficiently all year round.
10 Communication Tips for Every Professional:
- PRESENTATION: Engage your audience with visualization. Ask your audience to “imagine” themselves in a situation, and then set that situation up for them. It will redirect their attention and convey an important message along the way.
- POWERPOINT: Cut down your bullets – The best bullets on a PowerPoint slide are only one line long. Your audience will be thankful that your information is clear and concise. You will also have their full attention, as they will not have a large amount of text to decipher on the screen.
- LISTENING: Listen with your body – Listening is not left up to your ears alone. Direct eye contact conveys genuine interest, and nodding conveys that you are paying attention and digesting the information presented.
- CRISIS: Make a plan – It is crucial to anticipate a crisis before it comes along, and to be ready for it when it pounces. Be sure to have a plan ready at all times, and know who your first means of contact is.
- MEDIA: Control the interview – Interviews are all about control. Take control with a confident tone at the beginning, and maintain control by keeping the reporter on topic. Refer back to your main point.
- WORKPLACE: Be Direct – An important skill to master to communicate effectively in the workplace is directness. Clear and concise messages make communicating with colleagues easier and more efficient.
- ASSERTIVE COMMUNICATION: Lean In – We encourage those who want to establish their assertive communication skills in a meeting or conference to sit up straight, put both hands on the table, and physically lean in. This establishes your presence and assertiveness.
- EXECUTIVE PRESENCE: Be genuine – While it is important to come across as professional when trying to enhance your executive presence, it is also crucial to be honest about yourself and your personality. Let some of yourself shine through to enhance your professionalism.
- STORYTELLING: Get personal – Telling a story about something that has happened to you or someone you know is an effective way to engage your audience and still get an important message across.
- CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION: Do your research – Knowing the culture and history of a country will help give you context on what is appropriate in different settings around the world. Do some research and look up some quick facts on the country you are visiting to make sure your communication skills are up to date.
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