How wonderful to receive your comments on my first blog. This month I would like to share some thoughts on how we can become more effective communicators.
The first thing we can do is communicate with completeness. Our communication needs to convey all required facts. We must take into consideration the receiver’s mindset and convey the message accordingly. Communicating with completeness may entail giving additional information and trying not to leave unanswered questions. Complete communication helps in making better decisions as listeners receive all needed information.
Next, concise communication occurs when we convey our message in the least possible words and may lead to more effective communication. Concise communication saves time, and sometimes money, by providing a short and essential message that is easier to understand, and not repetitive.
When we use consideration in our communication we “step into the shoes of others.” Effective communication considers the views of others, their background, and mindset. We must always attempt to think about the people we are addressing and modify our words when necessary.
Communicating with clarity means we emphasize a specific message or goal, rather than trying to achieve too much at once. Clarity in communication makes understanding easier, enhances the meaning of the message, and uses exact, appropriate and concrete words.
Being concrete while communicating means we are specific and clear rather than fuzzy and general. Concreteness strengthens confidence as it is supported by facts and figures. It is important to use words that are clear and cannot be misinterpreted.
When we communicate with courtesy, we take viewpoints as well as feelings of the people receiving the message into account.
Communicating with correctness means our messages are exact, correct and well-timed.
Using the tips above may help us become more effective communicators. What are your communication strengths? What tips might you begin to use to be a more effective communicator? How can CODI enhance staff communication?
Tips throughout this month’s blog were adapted from http://www.managementstudyguide.com/seven-cs-of-effective-communication.htm