Let’s talk: How to communicate better at work
Poor communication is the reason that about,Oi percent of all projects fail. How can we create successful communication strategies to ensure project success?
Communication is essential in all aspects of life. Communicating is a natural process for all human beings. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we are good at it. Practice doesn’t always make perfect.
The Latin communis is the root of the word. It’s a process to create a space or common ground between points A and B.
Communication is essential for all daily operations, particularly within your workplace, regardless of your seniority. To excel at your job and move up the career ladder, it is important to have a solid set of communication skills. What does it take to communicate well?
Communication is about more than what you are trying to convey. It is not possible to assume that your recipient will understand your message exactly the same way you intended. It is important to consider variables such as the context in which the communication is taking place, and the potential meaning that it might convey – empathy is vital to ensure you are saying what you need to.
Clarity is the ultimate goal of any communication. To ensure your message is clearly and concisely communicated and is being understood.
Let’s concentrate on a sector that would be impossible without project management. Every project has many layers of details, requirements, and decisions. The success of any project depends on its communication network. It is unlikely that the project will succeed without a clear structure for reporting, check-ins, and the ability to unite a project team under a clearly defined set of responsibilities, roles, and an ultimate project goal. This is especially important for large-scale projects that require more flexible communication structures. Each decision can have an impact on the next action, so each one requires a rebriefing of the team or their input.
Research has shown that 90% of project managers’ time is spent communicating with stakeholders, team members, and other people involved in the project’s success. It is not surprising that most projects that fail are due to a lack of communication.
If project managers spend so much time communicating, then why are their projects failing to succeed?
It’s possible that they aren’t communicating effectively.
It is important to know not only what makes a good communicator, but also how to apply that knowledge to your daily practice.
We’ve already talked about project management. Let’s now see how we can improve our communication skills by using these essential project management techniques.
1. Manage Expectations
Project managers must ensure that their team and stakeholders understand the expectations of the team when they start a project.
It is rare that you will be completing a task alone, so it is important to manage expectations.