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In what kind of ways does your communication play a role ?

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To find out if it’s how your work is presented or is it the good communication and talking that gets you connected. #getconnected

Please say more. Play a role in what? Susan Munter
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LADONNA’s Answer

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Effective Communication is a critical competency and skill that is needed not just in your professional career but also in your personal life. How many times have you known a co-worker, colleague, classmate who is really really smart but struggles to get his/her point across in a meeting or is really boring when making a presentation? We all know someone like this and it is painful to experience. So whether you are communicating via email, a meeting or a presentation keep these basic questions in mind.

■ What do you want to communicate?
■ Why do you want to communicate it?
■ Who will benefit from communication?
■ What action do you want the audience to take following your communication?

Once you've answered the above questions, regardless of the type, make sure your communication is organized. Here are few tips that can help.

EMAIL:
In the subject line include FYI Only, Action Required or Urgent Request.

Also, because most people use a smart phone make sure the most important information can be read without having to scroll through the entire email.

MEETINGS:
Always have an agenda and send it out ahead of time. Recap the key points made in the meeting and action items.

PRESENTATIONS:
Make sure your presentation is professional looking, crisp and concise. It boosts your confidence when you're presenting.

ALWAYS make sure your Web connections, LED projector, microphone, thumb drive etc are working in advance. Test it to make sure.

Lastly, texting language is not professional communication language. LOL How we communicate via text i.e. Emojis, acronyms, abbreviated words is not how you want to communicate professionally. IKR

Your communication (style and effectiveness) is a reflection of you. People are quick to judge you based upon it. Job opportunities have been denied because of it. Career growth can be limited as a result of it. I challenge you you to make the development of this critical skill and competency a top priority. Seek out books, training, school courses, webinars, workshops on the topic and then practice practice practice.
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Mike’s Answer

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Effective communication is the difference between great ideas and making a great solution:

  • Know your audience and align your presentation appropriately.
  • Don't over explain or sell an idea.
  • Probe before you present. There is little value in communicating on areas they have no interest in.
  • Identify what your audience value in your work and approach it from that angle.
  • Be aware that audience bias may be the problem and be prepared to network or have someone else present it for you.

Hope this helps,

Mike Hernandez

Mike recommends the following next steps:

  • example: How you present you or your work involves all forms of communication. If you want to connect with others, find out what matters to them first, then do the Three A's: Knowledge, Align and Assure with relatable but brief examples of your experience that invite them to keep sharing.
  • If appropriate, always end emails with a relevant open ended question to your desired outcome. Always "Probe on purpose for a purpose".
  • A good place to start is proof reading your written communication. I had to read your question a few times to ensure I understood it's intent. A "wise man" named Dave Grohl once said "Don't bore us, get to the chorus" ;)
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Cameron’s Answer

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As the world becomes increasingly fast-paced, being able to clearly communicate goals and messages is more vital than ever. In addition to clarity, effective communication is necessary when constructing solutions to complex problems in order to ensure the solution is understood at all levels. Good communication is the key to help others through proper and effective communication strategies. While employed in several positions in my past, I have leaned heavily on my abilities to efficiently communicate any questions, concerns or needs regarding a project or challenge in order to make sure the first step towards finding the solution is always taken in the right direction. 



Cameron recommends the following next steps:

  • Practice, Practice, Practice. Practice writing emails focused on a problem or issue you've encountered to get a feel for how you like to communicate. Practice speaking by downloading or listening to famous speeches, you can find dozens databases for these online, if one of these connects with you, write it out by hand and then practice delivering it.
  • The #1 rule of communication you have to remember: The message lies with the receiver. Meaning, no matter how well you craft your message, and how detailed you outline it, it's who you are delivering the message to that determines if your message is understood. Never forget your audience and understand how they communicate in order to craft your message correctly.
  • Review and Revise constantly. Don't get discouraged if your message is misinterpreted, it's going to happen every now and then. In these moments, look over your communication, analyze your strategies and figure out what could have been communicated better. When you message is well received, do the same and look at what went right to use in future communications.
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Sumi’s Answer

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Effective communication tailored to the audience is pivotal in professional life. Effective communication is critical in decision making, building interpersonal relationships and can even lead to influencing someone's life in unique directions, whether it be positive or negative. It can lead to changes, that may affect millions of lives, when it comes to health care. There is a saying 'think before you leap.' Although it implies to actions more than words, this can be a significant proverb in arrays of communication. As Steven R Covey describes in his book 'The 7 habits of highly effective people', it is crucial to 'begin with an end in mind.'

What is the outcome of the conversation you want to have?
Who are you going to be talking to?
How can you be clear and concise?

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Pam’s Answer

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Good communications skills are critical to presenting ideas in all areas of business, whether in email, a presentation, or oral.

- Be brief
- Be direct
- Use bullets
- Avoid long paragraphs
- If you're talking, have points written down you want to discuss
- If you're writing, re-read everything before you send. Make sure it makes sense and that you delete unnecessary words

Pam recommends the following next steps:

  • Re-read what you write
  • If you're unsure how something may come across, have a friend read it
  • Bullet point where you can
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Wendi’s Answer

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Communication in and of itself is Paramount in any fired, i believe. Being able to effectively communicate without offending or coming off as not caring about your position is difficult to do sometimes, especially if the other party is having difficulty communicating effectively as well. When parties are too busy being defensive about the topic at have, nothing gets resolved and that's what they're looking to your for in the first place.
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Pam’s Answer

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Good communications skills are critical to presenting ideas in all areas of business, whether in email, a presentation, or oral.

- Be brief
- Be direct
- Use bullets
- Avoid long paragraphs
- If you're talking, have points written down you want to discuss
- If you're writing, re-read everything before you send. Make sure it makes sense and that you delete unnecessary words

Pam recommends the following next steps:

  • Re-read what you write
  • If you're unsure how something may come across, have a friend read it
  • Bullet point where you can
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Karen’s Answer

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I'm a Certified Professional Résumé Writer and career coach, so I'll answer this using that perspective, as it's a pretty open-ended question.

In different situations, people wear many faces every day - whether we consciously realize it or not, we all have different versions of ourselves that we present to different people. We may be more relaxed with our communication and body language around family and friends, but more formal around those we don't know or want to impress.

In the working world, communication is especially important, from the application and hiring process through actually working a job. During the job search, it's important to:

- Tailor your resume to the requirements of a job you apply for
- Write a cover letter that speaks to your strengths and how you can help the employer
- Make eye contact, use a firm handshake, and interact with interviewers with questions and examples of how you relate to the role
- Send a thank you letter to your interviewer within 24 hours
- Follow up politely on an interview after 1-2 weeks if you haven't gotten feedback

On the job, it's important to:

- Seek out mentors and people who can help you learn the ropes
- Ask questions when you don't understand or need more clarity on an assignment
- Be respectful in email or when you text, and answer urgent items in a timely manner
- Be visible - don't hide in your cubicle, and get to know your coworkers

Communication is 97% non-verbal. So body language matters as much as your voice. If you remember to act appropriately for each situation, your communication will be on point.

But, most importantly - be yourself.


Karen Springer, MBA, CPRW
Award-Winning Writer & Career Coach
Owner, Spring Forward Résumés
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