Why Communications Skills Are So Important ?
The purpose of communication is to get your message across to others clearly and unambiguously.
In a recent survey of recruiters from companies with more than 50,000 employees, communication skills were cited as the single more important decisive factor in choosing managers. The survey, conducted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Business School, points out that communication skills, including written and oral presentations, as well as an ability to work with others, are the main factor contributing to job success.
In spite of the increasing importance placed on communication skills, many individuals continue to struggle with this, unable to communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively – whether in verbal or written format. This inability makes it nearly impossible for them to compete effectively in the workplace, and stands in the way of career progression.
Why Influencing Skills are Important ?
When working with people, you need to be able to get things done. This needs influence because you may or may not be in a position to exercise power or authority in the situation.
Although we generally dislike talking in such terms, we rely on influence to get things done. Whether it’s getting approval for expenditures beyond your budget, or getting items onto the agenda for the next policy meeting, your ability to influence matters.
If you’ve ever witnessed someone without any “real??? or legitimate authority achieve more than a person with a fancy title, you’ve witnessed the power of influence. Conversely, have you ever been in a position of authority, but still not felt powerful? You might have had the title “team leader??? but if your team doesn’t see you as credible, relevant, or agreeable, you won’t get much effort out of them.
When this happens, it’s important to step back and figure out what changes you can make to increase your personal influence. You need to figure out what you can do to become more influential and better able to convince others to support and/or follow you.
How Good are your Presentation Skills ?
How do you feel when you have to make a presentation? Are you well prepared and relaxed, confident that your performance will have the desired impact on your audience?
Or is the thought of standing on a podium, holding a microphone, enough to give you stage fright?
Enjoy it or not, presenting – in some form – is usually a part of business. Whether you get up in front of formal audiences on a regular basis, or you simply have to make your voice heard in a meeting, you’re using presentation skills.
Many believe that good presenters are born, not made. This is simply not true. Sure, some people are more relaxed and comfortable speaking in front of others, but everyone can learn the skills and techniques they need to increase their level of confidence and performance when presenting.
From sales pitches to training lectures, good presentation and public speaking skills are key to many influential roles in today’s business world. The good news about presenting is that you can improve with practice.