Communication skills have always been a challenge to managers and successful people. Our communication in meetings and reaching a goal at the end of it is, and we need to attend to some techniques and effective communication in meetings.
The importance of communication in meetings
We have said many times and as Steve Jobs says it’s the way you present something that matters. Therefore, if you don’t talk properly in a meeting and can’t convey what you mean, you will lose your opportunity with no doubt. I’ve heard many people say this to me: “If I knew how to talk, I’d be a manager. Help me, please!”
So I am pretty sure that you have to improve your communication skills and talk more appropriately.
People can do anything if they practice!
I have always said that you can’t learn anything without training. If you want to have an effective communication in meetings, you have to practice.
But what matters is how to practice. It may be a good idea to practice alone for starters. It means you can make an imaginary theory and talk about it for yourself.
You can also record your voice and listen to it later. This way you will notice your mistakes, and you can feel sympathy with your audience.
Notice successful people
One of the most useful ways to be successful is to look after successful people.
There are people in the meetings that you attended to who speak pretty good, and you can pay very close attention to them and learn from their methods. Even you can imitate their ways first until you find your style.
Notice their communication skills and see what they say? when and how they put the words together? With which order?
Prepare yourself for communication in meetings
We have to prepare for every situation. It means anything can happen and we need to know how we should react and answer.
Not being ready for something means being ready for failure.
I’m sure no one likes failures, so I suggest you prepare some common words. For example, if you have to criticize someone in a meeting, best to prepare something to say. You don’t have to wait for a miracle. Or if the meeting is about building a damn, you need to search for the statistics and researches to have someone to say. Remember that if you don’t have any knowledge to talk, the result will be the opposite!
How to talk about important stuff in order?
Perhaps it’s hard for you to talk in order at first and you fly off at a tangent all the time. I suggest you write your speech in order and talk organized.
Of course, you don’t have to write the whole speech and memorize it, but you need to have a note with titles and subheading.
Talk as less as possible.
Forget about “talking more, gain more.” it’s absolutely the opposite. The more you talk, the less value your words have. So try to speak briefly and effectively.