3 Bad Communication Habits to Break

Are Bad Communication Habits Holding You Back?

 

As a leader, it’s critical to practice good communication habits to ensure your team is receiving messages clearly. Your role as a supervisor sets the tone for managing the flow of information between employees, so clarity is key. We have all been guilty of getting defensive, sending an email full of typos or interrupting a colleague while they’re speaking. How can you break your bad communication habits and build better ones?

 

Read on for 3 bad communication habits to break:

 

1: Watch Your Body Language

Your body language may be sending signals to not approach you, making it hard for your colleagues to communicate with you properly. If you find yourself not making eye contact, answering questions with one-word answers or keeping your office door closed, re-evaluate how you’re presenting yourself. Being approachable, present, and available is the first step to effective communication.

 

2: Assess, Then React

Your initial reaction is just that; your first reaction. Being reactionary to a problem, someone’s opinion, or a new policy can cause tension within the workplace. If you find yourself upset or defensive over a new piece of information, do not reply immediately. Take the time to clear your head – I suggest taking a walk or meditating. Once you have calmed down you can reply and communicate from a more thoughtful place.

 

3: Use Your Voice

 With all the new technology out there it’s easy to get lost in translation. Sometimes it’s best to ditch the text messages, emoji’s, and emails to pick up the phone. Having conversation on the telephone – or better yet, face to face- is still the best way to quickly and clearly communicate. If you find yourself not getting your point across, or feeling confused about an objective, don’t be scared to dial your colleague’s number for clarification!

 

It’s never too late to improve your communication skills! If you have found yourself frustrated, you can start working on these tips immediately. The difference will be prompt once you have made yourself more approachable and make decisions based on reason and not reaction. Don’t prevent yourself from being a better team member and work on your communication habits starting today!