Ronald Kister, a skilled workplace leader and manager, understands both the power and potential of effective communication; not only as an avenue for conveying ideas or educating an audience, but also for bringing a team together within a challenging, fast-paced environment.
As Ronald Kister knows, managerial success is nearly impossible without the ability to communicate roles, objectives and expectations to the members of your team. Basic communication skills are essential to ensuring your team is prepared for the challenges that lie ahead, as well as to the creation of a collaborative and ultimately successful workplace atmosphere.
Improving your ability to communicate begins with recognition of the places you may require improvement, and making a concerted effort to grow in areas you may be lacking.
Identify Bad Habits
The first step in becoming a better communicator is to identify those habits that may be inhibiting your ability to connect with others. Such behavior may include a noticeable lack of focus when someone poses a question.
Recognize and Adapt
The next step for improving the way you communicate is to recognize that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to communication, particularly within a team-oriented environment. While some may really benefit from the weekly meeting, others may require a bit more elaboration via email or one-on-one chat.
Be Consistent and Clear with Expectations
No one can read your mind. It’s important to ensure your directions and expectations are not only conveyed, but also clearly understood, by each individual involved in the project.
Ronald Kister is currently the Founder and an IT Consultant with RKJ Consulting.