Category Archives: Improve Your Communication Skills

Communication skills were ranked the number one quality sought after by employers. Yet, communication skills are often overlooked as something to develop as an employee since many believe that communication skills are something you either have or don’t have. The truth is, good communication skills can be learned and implemented by anyone willing to put forth a little effort. Learn how by reading the following articles on leadership communication.

Gain Competitive Advantage – 6 Essential Secrets

With the economy in flux, now more than ever, every aspiring leader needs to gain that competitive advantage. If you are not giving full value to your company, you may be replaced.

However, if you can give that extra value to the business you may find your position and compensation soaring. Simply working harder is not the answer. You’ll need to work more strategically. Take charge of your own talent development. Learn what skills and focus will lift you above your competition, and which will just drain your energy.

Stay Current on Your Skills. Developing leadership skills takes time and commitment. In addition, there are company specific skills you must have to do your job the very best. Be eager to master the required skills in both areas and then go beyond. If you learn the newest, cutting edge technologies or skill sets, you’ll become the go-to … Continue reading Gain Competitive Advantage – 6 Essential Secrets

Improve Communication When Times Are Bad

Even though there are many articles on leadership communication, this one discusses the six tips on how to improve communication when times are bad.

They say any sailor can navigate on calm seas. It’s when the waves are the roughest, when the boat is in peril, that a captain’s skills are truly tested. The same is true with business leaders.

The longer any recession or economic downturn continues, the greater the need for leaders to be engaged and to find new and better ways to communicate with their employees. When navigating their companies through difficult economic times, smart executives are placing a priority on communicating with their customers, employees and shareowners. Employee communication is a two-way street. Don’t just talk—ask questions and listen to the answers. Start with an employee retention survey. Find out who’s thinking of leaving and why. Find out who wants to stay and … Continue reading Improve Communication When Times Are Bad

9 Tips for Improving Your Communications Skills

According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, communication skills are listed as the most important quality sought in job candidates.

Here’s a list of the most desirable traits (on a 1-5 scale, 1=not at all important, 5=extremely important):

Communication skills (4.7) Honesty/integrity (4.7) Teamwork skills (4.6) Strong work ethic (4.5) Analytical skills (4.4) Flexibility/adaptability (4.4) Interpersonal skills (4.4) Motivation/initiative (4.4) Computer skills (4.3)

Now here’s the kicker: of all those qualities, guess which one was cited most often as missing from prospective job candidates?

That’s right, communication skills.

So whether you’re looking to get ahead in the job market — or within your own company — your ability to communicate will make you stand out the crowd!

Do you know how to communicate your value to leadership? Hire Joel and learn how to get the recognition … Continue reading 9 Tips for Improving Your Communications Skills

See MY Point of View at Work

“My employER doesn’t see my point of view.”

“My employEE doesn’t see my point of view.”

These two quotes, usually accompanied by sighing, head-shaking, gritted teeth and other signs of frustration, are quite common in today’s workplace.

We often have “tunnel vision” which means we can only see our side of a situation. The other people involved are busy focusing on their side. Communication lapses, frustration and anger increase and situations turn into major problems. How can we avoid this dilemma? How can you get your employer or employee to see your point of view? Here are three steps to take.

Switch sides. The most effective way to get someone to see your point of view is to see their point of view. This sounds simple enough but how can you actually do this? Put yourself “in their shoes” so to speak. If you’re an employee, imagine that you … Continue reading See MY Point of View at Work

Seven Steps to Clear and Effective Communication

As Cool Hand Luke put it, “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” If you’re feeling that failure-to-communicate syndrome, there are ways to turn it around.

Poor communication, whether it involves customers, the media, or stockholders, can be one of the most common and costly problems for any organization. That’s a lesson Exxon executives learned the hard way in March of 1989 when one of their oil tankers, piloted by a drunken captain, spilled 35,000 tons of crude oil into the pristine waters of Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Exxon experienced the ultimate “failure to communicate,” and we’re still talking about it more than 20 years later.

Recent research has suggested that written and verbal communication is involved in 90% of all business transactions. Whether you’re just making small talk or closing the biggest deal of your corporate career, the art of communicating clearly and effectively is one area … Continue reading Seven Steps to Clear and Effective Communication

Ask For What You Want at Work and Get It

Many people erroneously believe that their company is automatically rigid and inflexible when it comes to dealing with employees and their problems. When they have an issue, their first thought is often leaving, instead of making an effort to work with their company toward a resolution.

While it is true that many companies have a fairly strict set of rules and regulations, there are always exceptions. Don’t just assume that your company isn’t willing to work with you on a mutually satisfactory resolution.

Here’s what to do…

Find Someone You Trust Take some time to find someone in the company you trust. Make an appointment to discuss your needs. People are usually more open to listening when you are respectful of their time, rather than grabbing a minute in the hallway. Play Devil’s Advocate with Yourself This could be a difficult conversation, so prepare yourself in advance. Do some … Continue reading Ask For What You Want at Work and Get It