People Skills Smarts: Communicate or Become Irrelevant | #PeopleSkills

How are your people skills smarts regarding communication? Do you communicate at the right time and clearly?

When we communicate poorly or not enough, the result is not a simple blip of trouble. It creates a void — a vacuum — that fills with trouble and problems.

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People Skills Smarts: Communicate Because Nature Abhors Vacuum

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People Skills Smarts: Communicate! Nature Abhors a Vacuum

Picture business scenarios where people fail to communicate:

  1. Leaders not communicating vision, goals, changes etc.. to employees. Rumors fill the void. Fear fills in around rumors. Employees take troublesome detours. Performance suffers. Leadership voids also give rise to those who are talking for personal power not for the business advantage. This is especially true during tough times of change. Use people skills smarts. Communicate!

  2. Business owners shutting out communication from employees and outside resources. This creates a void. The competition fills the void and outruns these businesses. Use people skills smarts. Communicate and welcome communication.

  3. Not communicating with customers. Leaving customers in the dark fills your contact center with a flood of calls or emails. Customers fill the void of communication with research on what other companies will serve them better. Don’t let this happen. Communicate!

  4. Ignoring Issues With Silence

  5. Leaders not addressing conflict between employees. This avoidance of conflict betrays the employees and the critical teamwork. Cliques fill this void and teamwork suffers further. Instead of telling employees to work the conflict out themselves, use your people skills smarts to hep resolve the issues.

  6. Teammates communicating poorly. In the void of timely accurate communication, misinformation takes root. Projects deteriorate. Use people skills smarts to keep projects on track. Communicate!

  7. Employees not communicating their career goals and talents. Employees that don’t communicate can become irrelevant. Those who communicate are seen as valuable contributors. Others who are too silent can fade into the background. Be smart. Communicate!

Call to Action

As we read more and more about the value of silence, it’s important to remember when silence is golden and when it is not. Silence to hear others is valuable. Too much silence creates a void that fills with unexpected trouble or the horror of irrelevance. Communicate!

What tips will you offer on communicating well and staying relevant?

From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

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2 Responses to “People Skills Smarts: Communicate or Become Irrelevant | #PeopleSkills”

  1. Khalid says:

    Hi Kate,

    If I may add one more point is the communication between the employee and his or her spouse. Sometimes such communication relief the partner at work and ease the understanding between husbands and wives. If the wife knows that the husband had a difficult day at work then she will try to comfort him and opposite is true.


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