Thursday, September 22, 2011
12 Effective Ways to Communicate Productively
Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers. ~ Les Brown
There are 12 simple ways to communicate effectively and get things done, obtain what you want in life and gain the respect of others:
1. Ask for it: Do not be afraid to ask for what you want. You have to tell others clearly what you really want because others cannot read your mind. You may not get it, but without asking, you don’t stand a chance. It is even more so that you need to ask for your pay raise which you think you deserve it. Do not keep inside your heart and regret later that you have not taken the courage to ask for what you want.
2. Acknowledge: Smile and greet people you meet. Say thank you to people who have served you. Write a thank you note when someone has done something you have requested for. The most important thing is to acknowledge.
3. Clarify: When you are in doubt, seek clarification. Do not assume but be sure of what you are supposed to do. Do it once and for all.
4. Repeat: When you are taking an order, it is a good practice to repeat and confirm the order so that you get things done correctly the first time. You gain the respect of others because you are efficient and you don’t waste valuable time to do things all over again because you have got the wrong message.
5. Get to know: Do not be ashamed to ask when you do not know. How are you going to learn if you do not ask? When you don’t ask, it is assumed that you know and you are expected to get things done. When it is not done accordingly, you are only to be blamed.
6. Seek permission: Always seek consent to do something when you are not sure. It is also out of politeness that you ask for permission. People are delighted when you acknowledge and respect their presence.
7. Obtain feedback: It is good to ask for the opinion of others about your work. The only way to improve is to listen to constructive criticism and make changes for the better.
8. Admission: It takes great courage to admit that you are wrong. When you do so without giving excuses, you gain the respect of others. After all, to err is human.
9. To apologize: When you have done wrong to someone, the best thing you can do is to say sorry and ask for forgiveness because it is done without intention.
10. To motivate: Say a few kind words, provide positive feedback and offer constructive criticism to encourage and motivate others on the journey of life. You boost their confidence and they will try harder in what they do.
11. To console: Show your concern and offer sympathy and provide comfort when someone is in grief. This is the way to show your concerns for others.
12. To rejoice: Share and celebrate the success of others. Congratulate them and wish them all the best in what they do. You are happy because they are.
Communicate, communicate, and then communicate some more. ~Bob Nelson
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