Truth be Told: How Effective Communication Expands Your Career’s Potential



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The industry you’re in or level that you’re at doesn’t matter, practicing effective communication is going to expand the overall potential and experience of your career. According to coursera, effective communication is “The process of exchanging ideas, thoughts, opinions, knowledge, and data so that the message is received and understood with clarity and purpose.”

With that said, what are some possible ways that effective communication can aid and, even, enhance your career? What do you stand to gain from a tad more awareness behind the how, the why and the what, you are communicating?

What do you stand to gain from a tad more awareness behind the how, the why and the what, you are communicating?

Get noticed

A byproduct of communicating effectively, in the workspace, is that you find yourself easily forming connections, gaining recognition and acknowledgment, as well as capturing the attention of the right people. Thanks to this, you boast a network that is vast. There is a multitude of bonds formed along the way, that you can call upon, or have them call upon you.

Having a communication style that’s dynamic, is good with multiple personality types and includes, you, being direct, can shine a spotlight on you, naturally, through each interaction you have. Further, one of the most frequently mentioned qualities that effective leaders possess, is great communication skills, so pay attention to yours and witness aspects of your career expand.

Projects social and people skills

You ask questions; your verbal and non-verbal cues align and are non-threatening; you possess super-human levels of emotional intelligence and situational awareness; and you’re trustworthy, knowing when to talk and when to shut up, you my friend are going to be considered as having great social and people skills.

This is where opportunities arise. Invites to speak at events, for team representation or to just be the one who, often, gets a seat at the proverbial table.

Highlights you strengths in negotiations, diplomacy and conflict resolution

People who communicate effectively tend to be good at getting their point across, pleading their case and swaying opinions in their favor.

People who communicate effectively tend to be good at getting their point across, pleading their case and swaying opinions in their favor. All of which will present opportunities to broaden their career’s potential.

Additionally, great communicators are able to read a room, build rapport and are great at listening and comprehension, thus, poising them as natural diplomats and wielders of conflict resolution skills.

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So how do you gain effective communication skills?

Fortunately, with the right amount of awareness and intentionality, it is possible to improve or develop effective communication skills. Of course my suggestions aren’t extensive, so feel free to throw some research of your own, in the mix.

My suggestions:

  1. Emphasize your awareness, paying attention to your non-verbal cues and how you are sending and receiving messages.

  2. Ask the people around you for feedback, such as your strengths and weakness, when it comes to communication.

  3. Look into courses and programs that focus on communication skills.

  4. Work with a career or communication coach.

Work with a career or communication coach.

I end by saying, in the quest to becoming effective at communication, it’s going to take time and intentionality. Furthermore, it shouldn’t be taken too seriously. You should seek to have fun, along the way, and use it as a catalyst to your own self discovery. Cheers.

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