How to Communicate With Your Team More Effectively
Do you sometimes wish you had a silver tongue? You could go into any situation with a ready supply of enthusiasm and confidence… and… capture the attention of everyone around you?
Put yourself in that situation for a moment… and really feel how it makes you feel.
Imagine how co-workers hang on every word you say — every word that comes out of your mouth is like a shot of espresso; it fills everyone up with encouragement and motivation needed to do their jobs well and with pride.
Of course, I’m exaggerating a little bit here. But… it could be you one day! While it may be hard to imagine that right now… eventually, with enough practice (and a pinch of luck), words will come to you easier. Until one day, boom, everything will click in place!
Now if all this sounds interesting and you would like to improve communication with co-workers and also with other business contacts, then read on.
Ask Yourself: ‘’Why Are We All Here?’’
To begin with, understand why you’re doing what you’re doing. Is your job your passion, your absolute everything? Or… something random you do. Because everything comes down to this.
Let me explain… (in hopes you don’t take this the wrong way.)
If you truly love what you do, you’ll intentionally put yourself in a position to make more right decisions than wrong and not have it be happenstance. You have, um, found a deeper meaning behind your work, if that makes sense?
You get up in the morning with a bounce in your feet and look forward to what’s ahead. Work is no longer work — your work is play, and you play hard!
When you come from a place of genuine excitement, everything you touch turns to gold and more. And I really do believe it’s the foundation of everything.
Now, I don’t want to push this too far… but… if you’re sensing a lack of interest in your job, there might be something better out there for you, something that feels right and nothing feels like a burden.
What Makes for Successful Communication?
That’s a big question for many people. In an attempt to answer this question, or to get at least closer to an answer… we need to figure out what makes communication fail. That way we know what to avoid doing and what to go for next time.
Speed – this might seem obvious, but take a look at how quickly you reply to messages from your colleagues. How many days (or hours) go by before you return their messages? Reply to people if they contact you and try to write quickly — nobody likes waiting around.
Respect – are you treating everyone as equal? People want to feel like they’re part of the family and want their needs to be met. So, show them respect and show they’re included.
Motivation – at the end of the work day, your team has conquered a pile of tasks both mundane and difficult. So, it’s important to acknowledge the many things they’ve achieved! What most people just need is support to make them valuable.
I could go on and on!
The bottom line is, put yourself in the shoes of other people. Try to understand what they’re going through and work out how to best help them. When you come from a place of ‘’what is needed and what I can do’’, you can make better and better contact with them.
Tools of Team Communication
Once, you’ve decided that you want change, you now need to figure out what it is you can do right now that is going to help. And as luck would have it, there are tools you can use RIGHT NOW to improve communication with your team!
The list is long and growing longer day by day, but there are a few tools worth mentioning.
- Asana – For those individuals who hate wasting time, take a look at the work management platform called Asana. In short, it helps you manage projects, focus on what’s important, and organize work in one place for seamless collaboration.
- Slack – Next tool worth taking a look at is Slack — they like to describe themselves as ‘’a messaging program designed specifically for office’’ — what is more, it brings people to work together as one unified team.
- Microsoft Teams – Last but certainly not least on my list of tools is Microsoft Teams. The concept is somewhat similar to Slack, it offers a workspace chat. One of the biggest advantages Teams have over Slack is that you can seamlessly integrate with Microsoft 365.
On a final note, I wish you the best of luck with your work and a happy fulfilled career! And I hope that you find your own way to connect with people and forge new relationships!
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