Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Know how good communication skills can boost your career

  In today's competitive world, you will all agree that it is difficult to get your first job. However, while getting the first job is your immediate goal you must also equip yourself to progress in that field.
To survive in any field the most essential skill one must have is communication. In fact, “Communication skills are ranked first among a candidate’s 'must have' skills and qualities” according to a 2010 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
Most of the time communication skills is misunderstood as only fluent ‘speaking’ skills but that is not the reality. Communication is more of a package than an individual skill. Along with speaking it is also about writing, listening, presenting etc.
Let us imagine two employees Rubina and Lokesh. Rubina is technically proficient as well as an excellent communicator whereas Lokesh is technically better than Rubina but a mediocre communicator. Who do you think will succeed and progress faster? You got it! Rubina will succeed and progress. Why? Think about it.
Let us take an extreme situation where Lokesh misunderstands a technical problem but gives a perfect solution. At the same time Rubina understands the exact technical problem and gives a solution that can be improved. Rubina will get feedback on how her solution could be improved and Lokesh would have created a poor impression.
A work place is where different people from various cultures, experiences, skills and qualities work together. While it will be easy for Rubina, it will be difficult for Lokesh to succeed. An excellent communicator like Rubina will be able to reduce barriers and be more effective hence increasing productivity and team effectiveness. The team will work harmoniously because of strong interpersonal communication skills.
A good communicator can tailor his/her language according to the audience, through writing and vocabulary besides concisely and clearly presenting ideas.
However, speaking is only the tip of the iceberg. Gestures, postures, eye contact and even appearance speak a lot about oneself even when literally not speaking. At the same time listening skill too plays a vital role to being a good communicator. In fact, we spend 45% of our time listening. Active listening gives more information rather than just passively hearing.
To sum up, you need to balance technical and communication skill. Like every other skill, communication skill too can be improved only by regular practice.

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