Has your boss ever gotten mad at you because of miscommunication? Have you ever been in a fight with a co-worker, because he or she forgot some crucial pointers that were discussed from your last meeting? These things happen everywhere, and most of us just tend to let it go not really talking about it with the person concerned. In the long run, it can definitely hurt your effectivity as a team and the quality of work you produce. If you find yourself in this same situation, here are 3 tips on how to become an effective communicator to avoid petty work disputes in the future.
One way of being a good communicator is listening – and by listening I don’t mean by just using your ears. Listening, understanding and remembering what is being discussed go together, and the best way to do all these three is by taking down notes during the discussion. Note-taking during a meeting or discussion will keep you awake and alert, engage your mind, structure information, and create a record for later review.
Another way of being a good communicator is to keep an open mind of what everyone has to say. There’s a saying by the well-known philosopher Socrates, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Keeping an open-mind when entering into a meeting will greatly increase the quality of the work that you and your team will be doing. It will keep ideas fresh and innovative, and you will find that solving problems with your team will be much faster and easier in the long run.
Another important tip is to mind your body language in the workplace. Remember that colleagues don’t just listen to what you say, they also respond to how you say it through your actions. For example, you can show that you are actively following a conversation by nodding your head. You have to consider how you present yourself when making a pitch, engaging with clients, or simply listening to others in conversations or team huddles. After all, action does speak louder than words.