Strategies To Improving Your Business Communication Skills
Increase Comprehension of Professional Vocabulary.
1) Increase comprehension of professional vocabulary. When you master the vocabulary and lingo of your professional working environment, you increase your chances of promotions and raises. You must know the lingo in order to tango with the executives and move up on the professional ladder. Learn the vocabulary for your job and the surrounding jobs as well. This way, when there is a need for a fill-in person, you will be the best candidate for the position. This will increase your chances of learning to perform other jobs within your work environment. But make sure the vocabulary and jobs you fill-in for are above your current level.
Improve Comprehension of Attributes, Analogies, Idioms, and Proverbs.
2) Improve comprehension of attributes, analogies, idioms, and proverbs as it relates to your professional jargon. This goes back to learning the vocabulary. Once you have mastered the vocabulary of your current position and the positions above your level, you must understand and tell stories relating to your profession using attributes, analogies, idioms, and proverbs. This will help you keep your story telling sharp and keen. The human brain is wired for listening to and visualizing stories. Moreover, telling stories using these characteristics will strengthen your presentation performance as well. After all, story telling is a key attribute in any profession. However, to effectively tell stories, you must learn how to utilize analogies, attributes, idioms, and proverbs relating to your profession.
Improve Your Auditory Memory Skills.
3) Improve auditory memory skills. Memory skills are very important across all environments especially our professional environment. As we grow older this skill begins to weaken for some people but there are lots of ways to improve and strengthen this skill. One way to sharpen this skill is to visit your local library and checkout a book on a topic or subject you have never hard of before, by reading this unfamiliar subject your brain will grow new synapses. Growing synapses plays an essential role in increasing memory skills. Taking continuing education classes at your local community college is another way to improve your memory. Remember, you are never too old to learn new concepts.
Learn to Effectively Communicate Your Ideas and Feelings, As Well As, Use Appropriate Vocabulary.
4) Effectively communicate your ideas and feelings through verbal expression. Word mapping is an excellent strategy to help you collectively organize your ideas and feelings to effectively maximize your communication performance.
5) Use appropriate vocabulary within your environment (e.g., social and work). Remember, each environment has it's own jargon; so do not mix your social vocabulary within your work environment and vice versa. Always utilize professional vocabulary in your work environment, do not call someone 'honey' or 'baby' in your professional environment; it is tacking, unprofessional, and rude.
Increase Your Word Finding Skills and Use Correct Grammatical Structure.
6) Increase your word finding skills. Strengthen your vocabulary is one way to increase your word finding skills. Playing board games that have a 'play on words' is another way to increase your word finding ability. Crossword puzzles are an excellent tool to increasing your word finding skills.
7) Use correct grammatical structure. When you are in your professional environment speak and write like a professional by using correct grammatical structure. If you need help in this area, you can purchase a grammar book from your local bookstore.
Speak In Complete Sentences and Perfect Your Soft Skills.
8) Speak in complete sentences. Do not leave people guessing or assuming what you meant to say. Learn to speak in complete sentences; this will help you effectively convey important messages across your environments. "Say what you mean, and mean what you say". This saying stems from people who demonstrated difficulty conveying messages with concision.
9) Perfect your soft skills (e.g., eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, and conversational turn taking). Improve your business etiquette skills. You will become more likable when you implement business etiquette within your work environment.
Know Your Strength(s) and Become An Expert.
What are your strengths? Know your strengths and reflect your highest and best skills within your professional environment and amongst professionals. Yes, we all have weaknesses that we must improve upon but always up play your strengths.
Read your industry's trade journal(s), become an expert by reading past and present journals. You will become the 'go-to' person at your place of employment; people will value your opinion and advise. "Readers are leaders".
About The Author:
Cynthia Willis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP has earned the highest credentials needed to practice speech-language pathology in private practice. Cynthia Willis has earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), of which she is a member. Ms. Willis holds a license from North Carolina State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She completed her first year of undergraduate studies at Brooklyn College a City University of New York (CUNY); transferred to Fayetteville State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in "Speech and Theater" and minored in "Sociology" (studied multiculturalism and sub-cultures). Ms. Willis earned her Master of Education (M.Ed.,) degree from North Carolina Central University where she studied "Communication Disorders".
Ms. Willis is no ordinary speech-language pathologist, she is a former professional model of New York City. Her work included: runway, showroom, commercial print, music video, and movie "extra". When Ms. Willis was not on a modeling assignment, she freelanced at some of New York's fortune 500 Companies, such as, Sony Music Entertainment, Baby Talk/Parenting Magazine, and Willkie Farr & Gallagher to name a few. These companies loved Ms. Willis' personal and professional image and requested her services upon her availability.