The ability to effectively communicate with other people is an important skill. People get to know each other, perceive them, understand, make judgment about others and understand each other by way of communication.
Today communication forms an important part in a manager’s job. With team oriented structures in today’s organization interpersonal communication is the key to ones success in an organization. A manager has to communicate effectively to develop the competency of his team members.
Through effective communication, a manager can mobilize the employees behind an organization’s vision and inspire a conscious and concerted team effort to attain the vision. The pay-off of effective communication is:
- A more professional image
- Improved self-confidence
- Improved relationships
- Less stress
- Greater acceptance by others
Communication is the process of sharing our ideas, thoughts, and feelings with other people and having those ideas, thoughts, and feelings understood by the people we are talking with. When we communicate we speak, listen, and observe.
The way we communicate is a learned style. As children we learn from watching our parents and other adults communicate. As an adult we can learn to improve the way we communicate by observing others who communicate effectively, learning new skills, and practicing those skills.
The ability to effectively communicate is a primary skill. The more you become an effective communicator the more likely you are to achieve what you want. Over 80% of your waking life is spent sending or receiving information. Poor communication can waste time and energy and cause conflict between people. Let’s think of how you can benefit by improving your communication skills: You will have a clearer understanding of what people are saying to you, others will be less likely to misunderstand you, problems will be solved quickly, you will be able to identify others’ needs and you will be able to resolve conflict.