at work are essential if you want to have your ideas heard or have co-workers who are comfortable sharing ideas with you. Consider these tips:
Listen. Be an active listener who’s truly tuned in when someone else speaks.
Ask good questions. Ensure that you understand others by asking thoughtful questions.
Ask for what you need unapologetically. Don’t be passive-aggressive; be clear about what you want and need from others.
Remember that everyone communicates differently. Know who you’re talking to—and adapt to their.
Don’t talk too fast. No one will absorb what you say if it’s at high speed.
Involve people in conversations. Don’t demand things from them.
Don’t yell or place blame. Others will shut down.
Watch your. Use eye contact, positive facial expressions and good posture.
Check your emotions. Put your feelings aside in.
— Adapted from “13 Ways to Increase Your Communication Skills at Work,” Raven Ishak, Bustle.com.