10 Communication Tips In 2 Minutes; Plus Some Extras
Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Dec 12, 2015
I like writing these quick hitting posts because sometimes people don’t want to read anything that might take them longer than a couple of minutes. This post will contain 10 communication tips that, if it’s the only thing you read, will take you about 2 minutes, including this paragraph and the next two.
After these 10 tips, I’m going to list every other 10 Tips post I’ve written over the past few years from this blog & my other blogs. Most are 2 minute articles; a few are 3 minutes. I’m also including a couple other “number” posts about communications; those are longer than 2 minutes.
If you only read these 10 tips, this will only take 2 minutes. If you decide to check out any of the others… that’s on you! 🙂 This will be the final one for 2015. On with the tips!
1. Listening is paramount. If you don’t listen, you won’t know if you’re responding to the right thing.
2. Be precise with your language. If a word has more than one meaning choose a different word.
3. Look people in the eyes when you’re talking to them.
4. Turn off your smartphone when you’re talking to people or are in meetings.
5. Unless you have another meeting afterwards. In that case, set the alarm so you’re not constantly looking at it & checking the time.
6. Speak to people like you want to be spoken to.
7. If you’re teaching people how to do something using a written policy, don’t leave things out. Never assume people know things they might not.
8. There are times when silence is more powerful than any words you might think of saying.
9. In today’s world, it’s okay to use smileys or “lol” in email. Sometimes it’s the smart move in conveying your mood at the time you’re writing something.
10. Remember that your body language can counter what you’re saying. Be cognizant of that, especially if you’re lying (don’t lie lol).
That’s it. Now, the rest of the posts, in no particular order: