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How to communicate effectively in the office

Updated on January 29, 2012

Office communication made easy

Have you walked away from a conversation at the office thinking, "I wish I didn't say that"? Big mistake pal! You can deal with such bloopers when you're talking to friends, family and relatives, but not at the office.

During my time in the corporate world, I've learnt a thing or two that I have to share. These are simple communication tips for the office which will make your conversations easy, effective and very efficient.

Read on for 10 best communication tips that you'd want to use in the office.

This is Corporate Communication 101, ladies and gentlemen.

1) I keep saying this again and again, Be Direct. Nobody has the time to beat around the bush in the office. Say what you want, and say it clear.

2) Argue with work colleagues only when your knowledge about the topic is 100%. Believe me, there's no point in arguing about something if you don't know it inside out. A lost argument in the office will hurt, hurt badly!

3) Moderate the pace of your speech. Do you think you speak too fast? If you do, you better start speaking slowly because your tongue may run like a Ferrari but our ears don't.

4) Carry a courteous yet firm tone when you speak in the office. It's good to be nice, but not good to be the nicest.

5) Don't drop the F-Bomb on the office floor. Save it for later during those nasty closed door meetings. You'll need it.

6) Be Loud. It shows that you are confident about what you are communicating something across the office.

7) Avoid important communication if you are not wide awake or are suffering from Monday blues. The last thing you want is to sound tired or sleepy while you are working.

8) Remember, some things are best communicated verbally. Why waste time typing out a page when it can be explained to your work colleague quicker over the phone? Why put something in writing unless it is finalized? Why? Use verbal communication as your primary mode of communication in the office, unless written confirmation is absolutely necessary.

9) If you work in a corporate environment, do not use chat acronyms or a smiley in your emails. LOL, TTYL,J, LMAO, ROFL, OMG and much more are a strict no-no in your work emails. Keep it professional!

10) Always keep your email groups updated. The last thing you want is a sensitive email to go to the wrong person inside or outside the office, or offend someone by not keeping them in an email loop.


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