Communication is a skill that can be hard to develop, as it takes a lot of learning and experience to understand how to do things correctly. Some have a harder time with effective communication than others, and it’s often due to their experiences with life. What does it mean to be an effective communicator? Well, a lot of it comes down to how you handle anything that requires interacting with others. Are you able to clearly tell others what you want or need? Can you explain your thoughts clearly?
To be a functional team member, you need to be able to share your thoughts and engage with other team members. If both you and your team members are good at speaking their minds appropriately, as well as speaking up whenever there’s a problem, there are going to be fewer mistakes overall.
It’s not just about your thoughts, though, you also need to be able to interpret others and what they mean when they’re communicating with you. If your manager is telling you what you need to get done, a misunderstanding can cost you a lot of time. If you’ve been set tasks while working with a team, a misunderstanding is going to cost everyone a lot of time.
Communication is a two-way street, and you can work on yours in a few ways. There are various training seminars that will teach you how to properly understand people’s tones and body language, allowing you to better understand what people are trying to say overall.
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