Skill in communication cannot fix slow internet. Or a two-day delivery that takes three days. Or the lack of vegan options in your favorite pizzeria.
Nevertheless, communication skill makes the difference between landing the job or not; getting the promotion, or not; making your business viable, or not.
10 Ways Communication Acts as Your Secret SuperPower
1. People trust you more than they trust their own mothers.
When dishing out a shiny, new responsibility/project, the excellent communicator is more likely to get it. With trust, everything is easier. You’ve probably heard that people do business with others whom they know, like and trust. Well, of these 3 qualities, which do you think takes the most effort? TRUST.
Can you trust your mother? That’s a question for a different conversation. Let’s stick with “Trust is that superglue.”
Think about it, why do people NOT trust a person? Well, it’s not because they’re sure the other person is deceitful, it’s just that they’re not convinced that the other person is competent and or committed to something. Or no one remembers who that person is.
Conversely, if you lose trust in a person, isn’t that relationship pretty much done with? Like done and done.
Remember, it’s not enough to BE trustworthy. You must also be perceived as trustworthy. Communication does not make you trustworthy. (Sorry about that.)
2. When someone is needed for an interesting project or position, your face pops into people’s minds.
(That’s because they know you, they like you, they trust you and they can’t think of anyone else up to the job.)
If people feel better after talking to you, you become as important as their mobile device. They are more likely to think of you for new projects, they may even dream about you as the hero, rescuing them from a raging fire of extroverts’ word vomit.
3. You gain time from the loss of email (and other) drama.
Bottom line is better communication = less drama = higher productivity. That means you can get more work done, which could be a reason some people are NOT interested in communication skill development. Why does anyone want more work?
4. You have the confidence to embark upon bigger, more lucrative projects.
When people respond to you more positively, you get paid more (eventually if you work it right.)
5. You save money by not needing anti-depressants.
You can thank me later.
6. You save time by getting your message across in 5 minutes instead of 5 hours.
Brevity is sexy.
7. You can work with more people at a time.
Trust me, the only reason you want to work with MORE people, is to make more moolah. Working with people is fine as long as you’re the boss and everyone does what you say, which is what this manual is all about.
8. You listen more effectively so you understand your clients/colleagues much better. Since no one is really listening to anyone at work, you have a secret advantage. The trick is to quote back to the big dog what she said in that meeting, THAT’s the ticket, my friend!
Everyone craves being listened to….and appreciated! Even jerks. Even CEOs.
You also learn more, which is useful in case you need to blackmail someone.
9. More people invite you to their parties. Just don’t get so plastered that you throw up on their dinner table.
10. More people want to meet you.
That makes you an influencer. You may be able to make bank off of that and quit your job. Who knows?