Career Success: The Importance of Good Communication
If you had to pick just one skill that is critical to career success and professional advancement, chances are good that communication would be at the top of the list.
Good communication is of course important in all aspects of life, but is particularly valuable in a professional environment. Right from the start, you need to communicate well at the interview in order to get a job in the first place. And then you must use good communication skills on a daily basis to interact and collaborate effectively with co-workers. If you don’t communicate well, you can be viewed as unprofessional—and, if a lack of communication is your problem, you may be seen as uninvolved, apathetic or out of touch.
In the working world, you are judged by how you present yourself—and a big part of that is based on how you communicate. You may have great ideas, but if you can’t express them well, you shortchange yourself because others won’t get your message in the best way.
Skilled communicators tend to have more successful interactions with co-workers, professional contacts and supervisors, and as a result have a better professional image.
When it comes to promotions and career advancement, bosses tend to focus on employees who are articulate and can represent the company well.
If you aren’t a natural-born communicator (and don’t worry, many people aren’t), you can improve in this area with a little effort. This article shares some tips for becoming a better communicator at work.
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