With many organisations now balancing hybrid working arrangements, it has never been more important to focus on clear and consistent communication, from both leaders, and staff. Here are 6 tips to help:
2) Acknowledge Others
Acknowledge others and what you hear them say, even if you don’t understand, agree with, or accept it. In doing this, you allow the speaker to feel heard, a major human need and an excellent way to open the door to meaningful conversation. When you acknowledge someone else, you open the door to being acknowledged by others.
3) Achievement Focus
Start with the goal in mind. This means stating the intent of the conversation up-front.
Stating the intent encourages the other person to open up (rather than having to worry about where you might be going with this conversation). It helps everyone stay focused on information and opinions relevant to the issue at hand. Always listen (reflect and probe if necessary) to understand the other’s intent, rather than jumping to conclusions or making quick assumptions.
4) Ask Questions
Using questions is an effective communication method to influence, acknowledge, challenge and help others help themselves. Here are tips to use questions for maximum effectiveness.
5) Articulate Ideas and Feelings
You have just as much responsibility as a Sender of communication, as you do as a Receiver. Good disclosure invites discussion. State your opinion and your assumptions. This is more difficult than you might think, but it makes it much easier for people to understand your views and creates constructive dialog. For example, “My assumption is that we are wanting to leverage “product x” and therefore I believe we should double our investment in “product x” marketing.”
As a member of the team, you are accountable not only to articulate your message, but you are also accountable to be sure that the message has been heard and understood. We all listen through our own belief filter, so utilising questions and engaging in dialogue ensures that you and your colleagues leave the meeting with clarity and shared understanding.