10 Ways to Communicate More Effectively
Effective communication is key in order to build a strong relationship with anyone. You have to be prepared at all times to engage in a conversation with the people around you, and maintain a calm, professional state.
You can only leave a first impression once, so it’s crucial to present yourself in the best way possible so you are never forgotten. Use these ten tips to communicate effectively and benefit your career.
When attending a business function or dinner:
1. Surround yourself with people you do not already know. While this may be difficult for those that are shy, putting this weakness behind will enable you to make new contacts in a short period of time, and potentially give you a business lead.
2. Individually introduce yourself to everyone in the group, shaking each person’s hand and giving them the attention you would want to receive.
3. Always introduce yourself by stating you first and last name slowly and clearly, along with your company title. Make sure that the person you are speaking to heard your name, and if necessary, nonchalantly repeat your full name.
4. Shake their hand firmly while making eye contact. A firm handshake is never forgotten, and making eye contact shows you are serious.
5. Repeat the person’s name that you just met. For example: “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Robert.” This will make the recipient feel special, and immediately remember who acknowledged them. Repeating their name will also help you memorize it.
6. Learn about the other person to create a trusted relationship, by letting them speak. Find out what they do and where they are from. Ask them about their past, and what brought them to the career path they are in today. Listen carefully, show them you care, and do not interrupt them!
7. Don’t talk too much about yourself and your business. You can briefly mention what you do, but unless you are asked more by the other party, don’t begin rambling about your great new business or endeavor. It may be exciting, but no one likes shameless promotion!
8. Always carry business cards. You never know who you will run into and when, whether you are eating cheese and crackers, in the middle of a conversation, or in the restroom.
9. Read at least one news article a day. If there is a moment of silence, you can break the awkward pause by bringing up an interesting story you read. This can be about an interesting local story, a TV show, a book, a movie, and more. Note: Steer clear of political news. This is not a good conversation piece, as this can lead to a loud and unpleasant outcome.
10. When introducing a friend or a colleague, be sure to mention their first and last name, along with a piece of information that the recipient may find interesting, such as where they work, or something they have accomplished that is out of the ordinary. This will make everyone feel comfortable and lead into a good conversation topic.