Communicating

When you communicate effectively with your team it eliminates confusion and can foster a healthy and happy build season. Effective communication with your team will also allow you to get work done more quickly and efficiently. It’s the team leadership’s responsibility to rectify any communication problems with team members or mentors. Once you get the lines of communication open with your team, the process of completing tasks and projects will go by much more smoothly. A few things to keep your eyes on while practicing the fine art of communication are:

You communicate in multiple ways

  • Your voice
  • Your choice of words and ideas
  • Your consistency
  • Your body language
  • Your attentiveness
  • Your patience

Here is an info-graphic on good communicating

MTD Training - The 5 Steps To Communication Success

Listing is the most important part of communicating

  • Hearing is a physical ability—actually one of our five senses
  • Listening is a skill
  • It is possible to have one but not the other
  • Someone who is hearing impaired can be a great listener if he or she pays attention to the information someone conveys to them regardless of how it is being communicated
  • Someone with very sharp hearing can be a poor listener
  • In 1991 the United States Department of Labor Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) identified five competencies and three foundation skills that are essential for those entering the workforce. Listening skills were among the foundation skills SCANS identified
  • Listening skills allow people, regardless of how they take in that information, to make sense of and understand what others are saying

Here is an info-graphic on how people listen

MA-in-Communication-Infographic

 

Learn it now

Learning to communicate will be useful long after you leave High School. For example, engineers might interact with technology all day, but that doesn’t mean they have no interaction with other people. Engineers communicates with other engineers, with team members outside of engineering and often with customers as well. Within engineering, effective communication makes it possible to transform requirements into the best possible working or workable solutions. Outside of engineering, effective communication makes it possible to verify the team is working on all of the right requirements, and to ensure the resulting solution can, in fact, be implemented. While this is an engineering example, the fact is all professionals should have good communication skills and work in environments where effective communication an imperative.

 

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