Soft Skills, Communication, Ted Talks, Talking to Peers, Conflict Resolution
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT / 14 December 2016
Communication is Key: How to Talk to Anyone at Work
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Brittanei Cain

Communicating effectively in the office may sound like a no-brainer but it can make or break your entire work experience. Knowing how to approach each individual in the workplace is key to finding your place in a new office. 

Building relationships are essential to communicating in the office. Don’t be the grump in the corner. Be the person that people actually want to talk to. 

Effective communication makes any job much easier. Teamwork only works if your members have clear communication and if you know how they operate. Even if things don’t work out and you don’t necessarily like your co-workers, a clear line of professionalism is expected and necessary in order for your success and company growth. Maybe you will find out that you have a lot in common with a co-worker and you can build a relationship outside of work. Who knows what great communication can lead to! 

Communicating with co-workers may be trickyz so you always have to think ahead. It all depends on the environment, there is a difference in communication style depending on your work environment. No matter what, always be professional and think before you speak. I have found that having bad relationships with coworkers truly affects the dynamic of my work and job experience. Stay away from sticky topics that may interrupt your flow. If there is a conflict between you and another coworker, read here for how to properly deal with confrontations at work. Understand that everyone is different a good way to start communicating with coworkers is by asking them out for lunch. You never know how much you have in common! 

  1. Be professional
  2. Understand their form of communication
  3. Remember, they’re your co-workers first then maybe a friend
  4. Do not let personal biases get in the way of your work
When speaking to your superiors, there’s a fine line between being professional and being disrespectful. Understanding the right time to communicate with superiors will be beneficial to your success with the company. Everyone doesn’t get to talk to their superiors and sometimes you only get to communicate with them via email. Practice your email etiquette, fix your tone, and get ready for business. Understand when you can be relaxed and when it’s time to be serious. Understand that you may not always get to speak to your superiors but they are always watching. Always leave a good impression every time you see them and understand that they are busy. Consistency is key when speaking to your Superior. Have a clear voice and don’t be nervous. Understand that superiors are people too and most of the time, they want to help. Speak confidently and think about your long-term success. 

The best way to practice speaking with coworkers or superiors is to join a project or do an internship. We all make mistakes with communication but with the right amount of practice, you can be a pro. Sign up for one of our projectships in order to get hands-on direction! Being able to communicate with company CEOs is crucial for the betterment of the company. Good luck!