Regardless of what industry you work in or what field you’re a part of, effective communication is essential for the success of everyone in your sphere. The most effective communicators are the ones that get things done; they’re the ones who know how to delegate as well as how to take charge. In order to fulfill your truest potential, it’s important to learn how to communicate as effectively as possible. Though a quick article can’t give you all the answers you’re seeking, the hope is that this will be a helpful starting place for you on your journey to becoming a well-rounded leader and a more effective communicator in a work context—and otherwise.
How to Communicate More Effectively
Be Flexible, But Don’t Bend Over Backwards
Flexibility is such a vital trait for an effective communicator—and even more so for a business owner. That being said, being overly flexible can end up breaking you. To be a truly effective communicator, you have to figure out how to tow that line and strike that balance.
As we’ve said before, greatness lives in pushing boundaries. But you don’t want to push yourself beyond what’s helpful for those around you. Communicate your needs and trust that those around you will have your back.
Listen More Than You Speak
It’s a fairly common sentiment that we have two ears and one mouth for a reason: we are meant to listen twice as much as we speak. And as corny as it may seem, it’s really true. In order to develop the most effective communication skills, you have to be willing and able to listen to those around you.
In listening to those around you, you not only pick up on the ways that they prefer to communicate, but you also absorb all of the knowledge and wisdom that they have to impart to you.
Commit to Transparency
Transparency is key to effective communication. If you can’t be open and honest with your thoughts and feelings, then you haven’t been communicating anything of importance. And, as the endlessly sagacious Dr. Seuss once wrote, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
When you commit to transparency within your business, you’ll find that a culture of trust blossoms and blooms—and there’s nothing more sacred and beautiful as an effective communicator than trust.