When it comes to finding a job in the communication field, one area that will help you be a top candidate, is to be able to communicate effectively. Being able to communicate to your co-workers, managers or the chief executive officer is a skill that will always serve you well.
To the best of my knowledge, there are no natural born communicators. Most people must learn how to effectively communicate person to person. It is skill set that must be practiced on a regular basis to insure maximum effectiveness. When done propoerly jobs in communication will go to those who know how to communicate well. When you have developed the ability to effectively communicate in one on one situations with all levels of management, you will gain additional poise and self confidence. The two go hand in hand.
The more you communicate the more confidence you will have. The more confidence you have, the more successful you will be with a successful career path in communications.
Over the past 29 years of my consulting and the training I have conducted for companies and non-profits organizations, the number one problem I continue to see is the lack of clear communication with confidence to upper management. If you have not yet developed this skill set to the level you would like, there are a couple of things you can do to make it a reality.
First, write down or list all the reasons why you should learn how to effectively communicate to upper management. Some of these could include, higher self esteem, more respect from your peers and higher ups, greater self satisfaction and most likely better promotions and a higher salary. If these are the kinds of things you would like to have in your life, then they should be on your list of reasons for learning how to effectively communicate.
Next, write down or list all the bad things that have happened, or will happen to you, if you are unable to effectively communicate to upper management. Some of these could include, being passed over for a promotion, not getting recognition for your good ideas, or even being on the list of expendable employees when your company gets downsized.
Finally, you might consider hiring a speaking and communication coach to help you develop and implement a practical plan to develop your communication skills. This could have a dramatic effect on how well you learn and shorten your learning curve. Many times trying to learn a new skill on your own can be very time consuming and frustrating. This can be intensified when you do not attain the results you would like.
So in summary, make a list of the reasons why you should learn how to communicate more effectively, list all the consequences of not learning how, and finally hire a speaking and communication coach.
Tom Borg is president of Tom Borg Consulting, LLC. He is a business consultant, speaker, coach and author.