In order to compete in an increasingly difficult job market, so much emphasis is put on the importance of specialized technical skills. But is that all it takes to get ahead in the healthcare job market? Although education and experience are crucial, well-developed communication skills will help advance you within your career. Specialized technical skills, degrees and experience may be the reason you get your foot in the door, but possessing peoples skills is what’s going to open most of the doors to come.
In an age of continuously advancing technology, where computers are being engineered to outperform humans at many tasks, it is critical that we possess the human traits and excellent communication skills that computers have yet to master. In the future, jobs that are least likely to be taken over by automation are those that rely heavily on interaction between coworkers or clients. It is because of this that your attitude, communication skills, emotional intelligence and work ethic are increasingly important skills to possess in any career.
The importance of well-developed communication skills are often undervalued. Companies tend to spend far less time training their employees in them in comparison to the technical skills that are required of the position. Organizations expect their employers to know how to professionally communicate with others, produce high quality work and take initiative. Developing strong communication skills takes time and effort. We’ve put together a few steps that will help you becoming a strong communicator; in turn helping you get ahead in your career.
Steps for Developing Good Communication Skills:
- Before you speak, it is important to have an intent and purpose for your message. Asking yourself what outcome do you want to achieve and what kind of impression do you want to leave will help strengthen your message.
- It is not always what you say, but how you say it that counts. One of the most important components of communication is eye contact. Beginning a conversation by making eye contact will inspire trust and confidence when you speak. Be aware of your body language when you are communicating with others because it can say as much, or more, than your words. Practicing good posture and presenting yourself in an approachable stance will help make the flow of communication go smoothly.
- Always remember that communication is a two way street. So often, the biggest issue people face with their communication skills is their inability to stop and listen. After you have finished what you have to stay, fully listen to what the other person is saying. During their response, avoid any impulses to interject or blurt out more thoughts at the end of their sentence. Respectfully giving someone your attention will go a long way.
- Being open-minded and making an effort to view things from another person’s perspective will help you learn to understand and appreciate point of views that differ from your own. This will help you become a more understanding and cooperative employee and communicator.
When you take the time to develop good communication skills you are in turn opening yourself up to develop better relationships with others. Well-developed communication skills can also provide more opportunities within your career while increasing your self-confidence. The ability to get along with others while displaying a positive and approachable attitude are critical components for success. Although an education, experience and technical skills are important in order to open doors, communication skills will always be critical for any career.