Communication In Business Today
One of the primary weaknesses of any company is definitely their ability to communicate. This if often with consumers and even among employees within the organization. As companies continue to expand, its not uncommon for professionals to start to find themselves broken-out into silos across their organization. This sometimes becomes such as big problem that it seems like it is not even the same company they began working for when they started. This often leads to many issues across the company such as the inability to communicate effectively and lowed production across departments.
Although this is common to see, this doesn't have to exist. Sometimes you need to just step-back and reassess where you company began and where you are now.
For example, you have several different types of individuals working for you company who all think slightly differently. What happens when these people need to communicate with one another? If you aren't doing anything to make these people frequently interact, this can pose problems and even a loss of money when this is required to complete projects effectively. So with that said, you are should work to try and brush-up on your basic
Here are a few tips we have for you to complete this:
One.) Be approachable, but be stern with what you want.
Its very important that when speaking with your employees that you are approachable and understanding, but ensure that when you need something done that you are direct. There is no time to ramble-on and it helps no one. There should be no convolution with what you want done, and your employees should leave feeling empowered and wanting to complete this for you.
Two.) Take Your Time.
Most people miss this step, and it is one of the most important. Often, when we want something done, we tend to blast through explaining what we need done and we don't take the time to really explain how it should be done. While most think slowing down is just a waste of time, considering it obviously takes much more time, if we don't take our time to fully explain everything, we often find out that the job was done incorrectly and thus we need to have it done again.
Three.) Have a full plan
Before you start a conversion, make sure that you know how you want to the conversation to end. Ensuring that you have a plan will help you have a better conversation with you employees and get the results you want.
Four.) Speak through life experiences.
If you want to really express how you feel, use real-life experiences. By giving someone a real-life situation to help apply what you are saying to truth, this will help the person listening to fully understand what you are trying to communicate. Furthermore, if you have any experience doing the jobs of your employees, try including situations you have been in to help improve productivity of that role to help implement ideas in the heads of your employees.
Five.) Don't always feel like you must give kudos for every action.
Opposed to giving you employees praise for everything they do, try to point out a couple specific things that they have done very well and compliment these things. This will help them single out what they have excelled in and help them understand where they can work to improve.
Six.) Always admit fault when necessary.
You should admit it, you make mistakes from time to time. Don't let your powerful role get the best of you, and after all, ensuring that you recover from your mistakes makes you better at what you do. Furthermore, this will allow you to lead by example and hope that your employees will do this same in the future. In the end, this should lead to better communication between team members, which will ultimately lead to you making more money and having a more effective company. If you have any questions about anything we have said, please don't be afraid to reach out or leave a comment below.