To succeed in life you will need to be able to communicate effectively; this is more than just being able to talk. It is the ability to convey ideas and inspire others with your vision. The most successfully leaders are passionate and driven; this shows in how they communicate with others.
It is a well known fact that many problems in business, at home or even in social gatherings are created by bad communication. It is possible to learn the secret of effective communication; the more you practice the better you will become. This is the only way to ensure, that when the going gets tough, you are able to rise to the occasion and inspire others; this is the mark of a truly great leader.
Building trust is easier said than done
One of the most important aspects of good communication is an establishment of trust between the two parties involved. One of the best ways to build trust is to always do what you say; if you promise to build a new canteen, housing block or simply to take the rubbish out make sure you do it. People trust others who they can rely on. Allowing others to see you are trustworthy will ensure your reputation spreads and even those who have not witnessed your actions will trust you. Once people trust you they will forgive many things which are beyond your control and they will always put the extra effort in.
How do you build trust? Start by telling the truth no matter what, and be frank even if that you create an uncomfortable situation. If there’s something you don’t agree with, there’s no shame in admitting you have a different perspective.
Get personal and speak to people from the bottom of your heart
Everyone responds better when they feel they are part of a relationship. Giving a high powered corporate speech, may, impress people with your knowledge. It will not engage or inspire them. To do this you must speak to people on a personal level; show them that you care about them and their needs. This will ensure they are honest with you and all communication is effective.
Don’t dig too deep though and maintain your professionalism. It’s ok to admit that you don’t know everything; this makes you human and your listeners will appreciate your honesty.
Time is precious; there are not enough hours in the day to achieve everything anyone wants to. Don’t waste it by giving long winded, technical spiels. Instead focus on what the other party needs to know, keep it simple and concise; this creates less room for error. Make every word count!
Focus on the other party
The aim of any good communicator is to give more than they receive. Listen to what the other party is saying; focus on what the other person or party needs. By listening to them you will understand and learn far more about any situation than simply talking at them. On top of this you will create a relationship where the other party feels they can communicate with you at any time and their needs will be considered. This will inspire loyalty and trust; they will work much harder to achieve your goals.
Keep an open mind
Your solution is not the only solution! Learning to listen to those with different opinions is important, understanding those opinions is vital. But, the mark of a great leader is someone who can listen, understand and embrace those views; open conversation will often provide a previously unseen solution that everyone can live with.
In every conversation there are things which are not said, these things are usually implied and it is the job of a good communicator to hear what is not being said. It is this information that can be used to win the hearts and minds of an opponent. This shows that you understand the underlying issues and want to deal with them. In the process you have allowed the other party to talk and have gained far more knowledge than if you had simply talked at them.
Know what you’re talking about – master the subject line
No matter what you are talking about make sure you know your facts. You will quickly lose the interest and respect of others if you clearly do not know what you are talking about. A good communicator will know their subject and be able to portray it in the right light to evoke the expected response. It is this that makes them great leaders.
The secret to great leadership is communication – with customers, clients, employees, investors and so on. In order to help your company thrive you have to talk to people. Share your vision but allow them to share theirs too.
By Jason Phillips and LondonSpeakerBureau.com!