In so many areas, professionally and personally, the phrase ‘communication is key’ is popular, and with good reason! With years of experience in Resilience Training, we have seen that communication proves to be a game-changer time and time again. Here’s why…
What are we talking about when we say ‘communication’?
When we stress the importance of communication, we’re talking about how you exchange information with others, how clearly you say what you mean, and how you relate to others. The benefits of effective communication are endless, but here are a few:
- Effective communication builds trust with others quicker
- It prevents miscommunication and problems, as well as ensuring quicker resolution of problems
- It is a key skill in leaders, who need to provide others with clarity of information and strong direction
- Communication ensures smooth and peaceful coordination
- It enhances effective teamwork and collaboration with others
What is ‘Effective Communication’?
Many people list ‘communication skills on their CV and personal profiles, but what does it actually mean to have ‘effective communication’ skills? Communication can be classed as effective if all parties give similar meaning and understanding to the language used and the ideas conveyed, but also if everyone feels that they are heard and understood. Effective communication also must include what is not said, as much as what is said. Emotional intelligence and non-verbal communication, such as engaged listening, body language, and being empathetic are also essential.
How communication bridges the gap between people
With digital media providing more opportunity to share your voice and your opinion than ever, many are describing the times we currently live in as divided. The best way to bring people together and bridge the gap between people is through communication. Miscommunication or ineffective communication can leave people feeling unseen or misunderstood. Effective and meaningful communication that gives everyone the chance to speak up about how they feel, what they want, and their intentions allows everyone to have a much better understanding of each other and ensures mutual respect.
How communication skills benefit you both personally and professionally in a team
Businesses only work well if the people within them work well too! That’s why the most successful people in a company are the ones with good communication skills and the emotional intelligence which allows them to be a ‘people person’. They communicate their intentions and directions clearly, ensuring that other people see them as organised, switched on and assertive. Since many of the top positions in business necessitate speaking, both internally and externally, the ability to effectively communicate is essential. However, many of us at work also need good communication skills to manage other people and get the business’ values and message across well.
On a personal level, good communication will ensure better friendships and relationships, a deeper level of understanding and connection to others, and invaluable experience that allows you to be a sensitive, supportive, and positive influence on others.
If you’re ready to take your communication skills to the next level, and get a stronger understanding of how to apply effective communication to your goals, get in touch with the team at Beaumont Resilience Training today.