Have you ever been in an argument that started like this – You said…! No I didn’t, what I said was…? This question illustrated the importance of effective communication. It is a skill that can help improve your personal and professional relationships. If you make the effort to improve your communication skills, you will likely notice remarkable results. Here are some areas, if implemented, may be of benefit to you.
Effective communication provides structure
In order to achieve structure, it can be useful to arrange meetings in which you and those around you are able to share ideas and make a plan of action. A plan can help you maintain boundaries, while avoiding confusion and uncertainty. Be clear in your expectations and desires in order to create an outline for success. When communicating your ideas, be sure to be open to new ones, as this can improve your results.
Allowing your environment to be structured can provide a certain level of understanding between you and those around you. The understanding that is developed can help you to be more efficient in the present and the future. Understanding can lead to improved efficiency, which in turn can help break down barriers of miscommunication.
Effective communication builds relationships
Once structure is provided, it can aide in relationship building. Building relationships between you and your coworkers can allow you to adapt your working habits in a way that can make the environment more collaborative.
Getting to know each person on an individual basis can also allow you to gain a deeper level of knowledge and understanding. This can help you to accommodate them in their work environment and vice-versa. It is also important to be willing to make adjustments, which are better suited to your team. This shows flexibility and can improve group dynamics. When the needs of those around you are met, they are likely to be more cooperative.
Effective communication increases productivity
As efficiency and cooperation improves, the result of effective communication is often increased productivity. This is helpful because it allow you to manage your time more effectively and increase the quality of work produced.
Communicating specific tasks to specific people can also help increase productivity. This can be the result of being effective in the planning stage. People already have an idea of what tasks they will be assigned. Delegation of responsibility allows you to put your plan in place and help everyone stay organized and on task.
The importance of effective communication can be magnified in your results, as well as in your working atmosphere. Effective communication can make your quest for great results much easier.
In summary, communication in whatever mode…text, email, voice mail, telephone, face to face or social media, needs to be stabilized with clarity that leads to understanding that breaths a response that is productive rather than destructive.