Communication plays a big part in our lives. We communicate everyday all the time. With productivity on the rise, people need to do more but with less time to offer. Having clear and effective communication has become ever more crucial, and it’s a skill you can learn. Effective communication skills are one of the most sought-after soft skills in business.
Your boss is a human being and, as we know, to err is human, which means that sometimes even those petty, annoying micro-managers don’t do all those things on purpose. And, even if your boss is simply a bit controlling, there are ways to help you communicate your dissatisfaction, influence your boss, and improve your position.
Conversations about your performance are a given if you are an employee. You are hired to do a job and your employer wants assurance they made the right decision. They want you to succeed and grow in return for your valuable contribution. However, the quality, frequency, and format of performance conversations vary widely in the workplace. At the core is the relationship with your line manager. So it pays to give proper attention to your one-to-one.
So… Um… Like, do you find yourself using, you know, too much verbal filler? We all do it sometimes, especially when we’re nervous. In fact, for most of us it takes a conscious effort to avoid it. But eliminating verbal filler from your speech patterns, particularly at work, can help you project confidence, instill trust, and sound professional.
Every message a potential employer receives from you will form an impression. So when sending job search emails, be aware and alert of the impression you’re making.
After all, first impressions are lasting impressions…
The soft skills necessary to be successful change as the workplace evolves, and certainly as we embrace new technologies and methodologies. Learning these new skills and ways of doing things can help you remain at the top of any candidate pool.
But, what are the new soft skills you need to learn?