Not many of us would admit that we’re poor listeners, but the proof may surround us in our daily life. If you find your friends/coworkers asking you the same questions repeatedly, or you respond to email without reading it, you’re probably missing something. Fortunately, being a better communicator isn’t that difficult.
Web Worker Daily argues that a great deal of productivity is lost to resolving miscommunications, that could have been avoided if each party had simply paid more attention to what was said & when. They point out that ineffective communicators are usually the ones who skip meetings, figuring someone will fill them in later, ones who are asked same questions repeatedly by friends/colleagues and the ones who reply to a message with multiple questions in it but only answer one of them.
Few tactics for being a better communicator:
- Slow down a little & make sure you completely understand what you’re being told. It helps to make sure you’re clear with the person who’s speaking to you.
- Combine your written tasks into one time where you can focus and actually read what someone’s sent you, and only then formulate a response.
Avoiding miscommunication in the office/life can give you more time to actually get your work done, and less time sitting in meetings. How do you stay productive & avoid these pitfalls? Share your experiences/suggestions in comments.
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