Did You Lose Out On a Promotion?

Did you lose out on a promotion because of poor “communication skills?” Many of my clients tell me that this is the case, but they don’t always know what their boss meant by “communication skills.” This, of course, could mean many things, but very, often it means that when you speak, your listeners don’t understand, or they may not understand you as well as they should. In todays’ business world, interestingly enough with all of the technology that we have at our disposal, communication skills, , especially good speaking skills are more important than ever. We are not only sending emails, we’re communicating with voicemails, with webinars, over Skype, by videos, etc. Presidents and Chief Officers of companies are making weekly or monthly webinars to their global staff. It’s easy. You just do the video and post it on the company website. But what happens if you’re not used to this, you’re not good at it, or what if your speech isn’t as good as it could be?
Here are the three most common reasons of poor communication skills. (1) Speaking too quickly and cluttering words together; (2) Poor pronunciation; (3) your voice is not pleasant or powerful sounding. Fortunately, there are solutions to all of these things. The first thing is to go to a professional. Of course, I am very happy for you to write to me, or speak to me about your own speech, but you should see someone who can diagnose what the problems are. Then, work on making positive changes to your pronunciation, voice or pacing, or perhaps all three.
Here are the solutions: (1) if your voice is not pleasant, remember to breathe out while your speaking and use the deep tones of your voice, speak from your chest; (2) if your pronunciation is not clear, your best course of action is to take a program in Speech Therapy or Accent Reduction. If this is not possible, just learn to pronounce the sounds ‘th’ and ‘r’ and ‘l’ and learn where to stress in words and where not to stress. Just these skills alone will make a big improvement in your clarity.
Finally, you also have to ask yourself if your message is clear. This has nothing to do with your voice or speech, but just with the way you express ideas. Please check all of the other blogs on this site for ideas on how to create and deliver a clear, dynamic message.

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