Turn Communications Into Successful Communications

Turn Communications Into Successful Communications

 

Ever notice that some people seem to have a knack for getting the best out of those around them, while others seem to go from creating misunderstanding to snafu to lost opportunity? The difference might be as simple as a lack of strong communication skills.

 

Start with the little things

You might think small talk is a waste of time, but it’s part of day-to-day socializing. It’s the beginning of getting to know people. Through those small daily interactions you’ll find out that Jen’s husband has gone back to school, you’ll know when it’s time to encourage Sanjar in his quest to run his first marathon.

 

What you learn through that small talk will help you form relationships and bonds with the people you work with. Not only are you getting to know them better, you’re building an atmosphere of trust and camaraderie.

 

Listen with your ears and your eyes

Pay attention to the body language of the person you’re speaking to. Are they engaged with what you’re saying or are they distracted?

 

If you don’t have their full attention, your communications are not hitting the mark. Are your instructions unclear? Is there something going on with them that needs to be addressed? Is there a problem with what you’re asking them to do? You cannot guess the answers to these questions, so ask.

 

Sometimes if you’re busy it might be tempting to be distracted by a screen or a piece of paper in front of you while giving instructions to someone. That’s a shortcut to giving the same instructions again later. If you want someone to understand what you’re saying you need to give them your full attention. If you expect them to respect you then start by respecting their time and presence.

 

Be approachable

Ultimately you want to get things done. That shouldn’t mean they have to get done in exactly the way you suggested if there’s a better way. You need to make sure that people understand you want them to come to you with questions and suggestions. Communication is a two way street. Being heard and listening are equally important.

 

With strong communication skills you’ll be able to ensure things get things done right, the first time!

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Landing a Job as an Introvert

You’re an introvert and probably prefer to be in a company with a few people than a company with many people. You’re not the type to come away from loud, busy situations feeling stimulated. You may not be the first to voice your opinion (which is not to say you don’t have as strong opinions as anyone else). But does that mean your job search is going to be harder or less successful than your extroverted contemporaries? Not at all – it just means you’re going to take a different path to your destination.

Can introverts find it in themselves to network?
An extrovert might find him or herself the center of attention at a party. But the key to networking is building one-on-one relationships where you articulate what you’re looking for and ask for guidance and help. An introvert has just as much chance of making that connection as an extrovert.

Should introverts forget about being a leader?
Does being introverted mean you shouldn’t have leadership ambitions or desires? Absolutely not! Although extroverts and introverts have different management styles and relate differently to the people they work with, neither one is any better or worse in leadership positions than the other. In some situations, the management style of the extrovert will produce better results in others than the introvert. For example, people who like a lot of direction will do very well under an extroverted leader. However, people who prefer the chance to explore alternatives and experiment with new ways of doing things feel more empowered by a more introverted leader.

Can introverts be a strong salesperson?
At first glance you might be inclined to think a personable, engaging extrovert would be miles ahead in the sales game compared to a quieter and more reserved individual. Well, think again. Neither introversion nor extraversion will be an indicator success as a salesperson. The best sales people are the ones in the middle. They don’t turn others off with all the loud blustering and neither do they get ignored in the quiet. For sales, the best road is the middle road and that’s where introverts and extroverts need to meet.

Famous introverts:
Albert Einstein and Warren Buffet was an introvert and so is J.K. Rowling, just to name a few. They were and are still very much in the public eye who are leaders and unafraid of success and game changers. When it’s your turn at bat, the real question isn’t whether you prefer to wear a brightly colored shirt blazoned with “I’M HERE!” or you prefer more muted attire. The question is what you do once the ball has been pitched.

Should I Apply to a Job if I Don’t Have Experience?

It happens so often that people miss a job opportunity because they actually don’t’ have the qualifications listed don’t have the qualifications or experience listed on the job posting so they don’t apply. Well NEWS FLASH! All the requirements and experience listed on the ad just make up a “wish list” for employers. They may not expect a candidate to have all those qualifications but still list them to weave out anyone who is not 100% qualified for the position.

An easy rule to remember is that if you have more than 50% of the qualifications and experience listed in the posting, you should apply. Most employers are willing to train new candidates and make exceptions if the qualifications and experience are very easy to learn.

However, don’t apply to a job if there is a very specific and mandatory education or skill requirement that you don’t have. The bottom line is to apply even if you think you don’t have experience but feel like you can confidently take on the role.

Transferable skills are an asset

After going through a good amount of schooling and having some work experience under your belt, there have got to be some skills you already have which can be transferred over to the job you want to apply to.

Work-related experience: See if the skills you’ve picked up during your previous work experiences can be applied to the job. For example, if you were a leader of six people and the job ad requires a supervisor to oversee 10 people, you still have the potential to become a supervisor because: a) You were already in a role that required some kind of leadership of others b) You know a thing or two about managing others, even if it’s less than the amount in the job ad.

Breaking into different industries: Breaking into a different industry can also work because employers might want new insight in the company. If you are an accountant and want to work in a payroll company, they might take a second look at you because the skills of an accountant are similar to payroll positions.

Your cover letter will support your “no/lack of experience”

Like we mentioned before, your cover letter can make or break your chances at getting the job. So even if you don’t have the exact experience they’re looking for, use your cover letter to highlight the experiences you do have that would make you an asset to their company.

Convince the employer: This goes back to thinking about all the transferable skills you have. If you write your cover letter well, you will have the hiring manager sold on the fact that even if you don’t have experience, you do have the skills. In the letter, talk about how your skills can be applied to the role and how you can benefit the company as a whole.

Show your knowledge for the position/industry: Do your research on the position or industry you are applying for so you know the key points to hit when writing the cover letter. That knowledge may make the difference between an interview and being passed over for one.

Maybe You’ll Get Lucky

You never know what is going on in the minds of hiring managers and their intentions for the company. Maybe they want someone who isn’t familiar with the industry to bring in new perspectives. Or they like your resume and cover letter so much that they are willing to offer you an interview. The possibilities are endless. Applying for a job even if you don’t have exact experience doesn’t hurt but it certainly does increase your chances at a job offer than not submitting one at all.