Last week, I talked about five communication skills many great leaders implement to encourage a positive environment in their workplace. This week I’m going to introduce another five techniques you can use to gain “buy-in” from your audience. It takes practice for each to become a habit, so give it time.
Next week, I’ll introduce another five tips so stay tuned and, if you implement any of these, let me know how it goes! This week’s tips include:
Display Confidence and Seriousness
Ensure that you display confidence and seriousness to ensure that you will not be taken for granted. When your team members notice any uncertainty and lack of seriousness when you’re communicating with them, they are likely to treat the information with disdain or disregard.
Use Simple Words
The truth is that everybody cannot be on same page when it comes to vocabulary. Therefore, to be effective in your communications with your team members, use words that can be easily understood. When ambiguous words are used, you can be misunderstood and/or waste precious time having to explain yourself.
Place visuals at strategic positions around the work stations of your team. They should not just hear the message, they should also see it. This gives room for better comprehension.
Listen to Your Team Members
Communication is intended to be a two-way street and listening is one of the most important “streets”. Don’t just talk because you are the leader without listening to anyone else. Encourage them to open up so you can be well guided when communicating in the future with them. You have two ears and one mouth –so you must listen more than you speak.
Use Body Language
Your body language will pass your message faster and better. Master the art of using body language when communicating with your team. Stand/sit up straight, use smiles, handshakes and eye contact.
As always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 866-3519.