Communication skills are a necessary part of running a business. You need to be able to communicate with your employees in a variety of different ways. The three main styles of communication are verbal, non-verbal and written.
In 2019, most of the communication we do is via email or another online platform. “There’s always that one person who is too detailed and sends a novel back to you,” says Jacinto, who adds, “don’t be this person.
Meagan Feeser, director of PR and communications, used this insight to her advantage. “I met my now-boss three years ago at a monthly networking event she founded. When she needed help organizing the events six months down the line, I volunteered,” she says.“Based on that interaction and working together in that capacity, I was her first hire when she started her own advertising agency several months later.”
If you manage to get a conversation going, one of the most important things you’ll want to establish is that you know what you’re talking about, so be sure you do. “Know that person’s business, the competitors, the broader industry and you can engage with him in a way that shows you know what’s going on,” explains Ceniza-Levine. “You don’t want to be just an outsider looking in. Already understand the industry.”
Your mindset. The first thing that prevents us from building a strategic network is our mindset that networking is self-serving. And when we believe that any attempt to establish relationships is only for our benefit, we are less inclined to pursue these conversations. “It’s all about me and I’m uncomfortable asking for help.”
Many people don’t succeed at networking because they’re too shy or intimidated to even approach someone influential. Well, the well-worn phrases “you’ve got to be in to win it” and “no pain, no gain” apply here. If you’re polite, direct and accommodating, you should be able to have a short exchange.
Your network is bigger than you think it is. It includes all of your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, colleagues, and even casual acquaintances. Start going through your social media accounts and address book and writing down names. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the list grows.
Networking is nothing more than getting to know people. Whether you realize it or not, you’re already networking every day and everywhere you go.
This networking tip is first because it truly is the key to success. “There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to networking,” says TopResume’s career advice expert, Amanda Augustine. “Different people are successful using different networking tactics.”
Start paying attention to the number of times someone interrupts you when you’re in the midst of an important task. Track self-induced interruptions, too, particularly those of the social media variety. Your smartphone is extremely useful, but it’s also highly addictive and among the most insidious time-wasters known to man.
If you plan your time wisely, you can focus on one task at a time, rather than wasting time jumping from one thing to the next (and rarely completing anything). This allows you to work smarter, not harder.
You’re the boss. If you have to decline a request in order to zero in on what’s truly important and urgent, do not hesitate to do so. The same goes for any projects or activities that you’ve determined are headed nowhere. Be prepared to cut your losses and move on to more productive tasks.
Goal setting is crucial to any good time management strategy. To make sure you’re engaging in activities that support your business goals, both short- and long-term, you need to define those goals in terms that are clear and attainable. After all, if your goal is to just “to grow your business,” you might find yourself overwhelmed and not know where to begin.
Making and following a task schedule reduces anxiety. As you check off items on your “to-do” list, you can see that you are making tangible progress. This helps you avoid feeling stressed out with worry about whether you’re getting things done.
Time is precious when you run your own business. Especially if that business is just getting started. While being your own boss is a dream for many, it comes with a lot of responsibility. No doubt, you never seem to be able to check off all the items on your to-do list.