Even if you shy away from communication, you send out a message loud and clear. That message may not be the message that you intended. You can do something about this scenario today.
Your soft skill communication and collaboration style impacts your professional development and your career. Your colleagues either prefer or defer working with you.
How would you describe your soft skill communication style?
- A know-it-all
- A giver
- A taker
- A manipulator
- An aggregator
- A facilitator
Depending on where we sit around the business, technical and engineering table, we all see the same thing – differently. This is a global economy; chances are we are working with teams on the other side of the world.
That is why the quality and interpretation of internal collaboration and succinct communication of information matters. A lot.
People seated around the virtual business table on the other side of the world may not understand what you are communicating to them. For that matter, neither might the folks seated across from you in your workplace.
Power Tip: Take the time to ask your colleagues and co-workers how they’ve interpreted what you just said. Avoid asking: “Do you understand?” or “Does this make sense?” because all you’ll get is a head nod.
Even if you deal with mathematical theorems or source code, somewhere along the line verbal, written, and visual soft skill communication is required to create innovative and collaborative throughput.
Think about it. Otherwise you sequester yourself in a silo – your own professional silo. I don’t think that was your intention.
Whether you are a shy introvert with a vacuum-style communication strategy or an arrogant know-it-all who likes the sound of their own voice, your soft skill communication matters.
The quality of your throughput, handing your baton to the next person in line, is a function of your willingness to listen to what they have to say and be responsive. That is the power of your soft skill communication style.
Avoid waiting for the next time a co-worker drops the ball, or the baton hand-off. Take everyone’s pulse regarding your – and their – soft skill communication style.
The difference that one pivot makes is in the quality of your business and professional outcome. You will become a go-to resource for colleagues and customers in the process.
Babette N. Ten Haken, President of Sales Aerobics for Engineers®, LLC, is a management consultant and business coach. Babette develops business, technical and engineering professionals of worth. She remodels startups and small-to-medium manufacturing and service companies experiencing difficulty with unpredictable revenue streams.
A recognized Top 50 Marketing & Sales Influencer, Babette’s blog won the 2014 Bronze Medal, Top Sales & Marketing Awards, Top Sales World. Her book on communication and collaboration strategies and tools, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon.com.