I’m a fan of talking more. It’s my job, after all, and led to my title as America’s Expert Talker. But talking more can also lead to happier and more productive work environments, better collaboration and increased visibility within your workplace.
To be clear, the focus on talking more isn’t just to hear yourself talk. The way you communicate directly impacts your success. The better you are at communicating the more successful you will become.
Of course there are ways to do this that are more productive than others. Over the next 12 months, I’ll help you identify the most effective strategies and increase your confidence in the process.
The first action item for the year – Engage with the people around you.
Let’s be honest, opportunities don’t just knock at your door. I see too many people waiting to be noticed and hoping someone will see their potential or their talent. Don’t wait. Start the conversation yourself.
- Focus on your first impression – smile and learn names. Most people are receptive to a cheerful, smiling face. Being able to greet people by name makes them feel valued and adds a personal touch.
- Keep it short. There’s no right or wrong length to a conversation. A quick exchange of 60 -90 seconds can make a positive impression and lay the groundwork for future conversations.
- Pay Attention. Don’t zone out during those conversations. That’s not throwaway time. It’s a chance for you to learn something that can be useful for those future conversations.
Make sure you follow the blog throughout the week for more techniques that will improve your communication skills around the office, as well as, explain how sports conversations are valuable business tools.
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, helps business professionals understand the sports conversations that happen every day at work. Jen’s practical approach helps professionals join the conversations, sound intelligent, and understand how to use sports conversations to their advantage in business. Her practical and humorous approach comes from her 12 years of experience as a sports broadcaster. Jen is available to speak for keynotes, presentations and workshops. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and read more at http://talksportytome.com
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