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Communication Mistakes To Avoid – Part 1 of a 4 Part Series

Livia Jenvey  |   July 2, 2018

If you are looking to get ahead & be successful, either in your business growth, as a leader, in your profession, or even personally, avoid these four communication mistakes.  Doing these can lead to you potentially being considered incompetent at your job, difficult to work with, gullible, and untrustworthy. 

The irony is these are the most common mistakes seen in communication.   Which if easily noticed and adjusted can reap much more beneficial rewards leading towards much greater success in business, leadership,  both professionally, and personally.

The four Communication Mistakes to Avoid Are:

  1. Expecting Others To Know What You’re Thinking

  2. Assuming They Know The Basics

  3. Doubting Your Gut

  4. Not Fully Listening

Today I will discuss the first one, giving you an exercise to help break these mistakes. In the next blog series I will discuss the details of each of the others.

 

#1  Expecting Others To Know What You’re Thinking

When you do this, you in essence, are expecting others to read your mind.  However mindreading was not a course anyone took in school, sorry it was never offered anywhere…  Thus, expecting others to know what you’re thinking, will sadly never be available. 

This communication mistake unfortunately tends to happen most often when a leader is put in charge of fixing a complicated business challenge or issue.  Yes there might be times where you don’t have all the figures, insights, and detailed plans figured out for the next best move.  You definitely avoiding  verbally giving direction to a solution, when you are unclear what the right solution is.  However, if you don’t communicate to your team, leaders, peers, or others in your organization, you are still finding a solution.  People will start to think you don’t know what you are doing and could begin to say you are incompetent via the water cooler talk, because to them you don’t seem to  have a plan at all. 

A way to alleviate this quickly, before it could spiral out of control is say verbally “I am currently trying to decipher all the [x] and will provide [y] once all details have been determined.”  This sentence states to your audience you are doing something and you have a plan (even if this plan means, you are defining a detailed plan).  This statement will also benefit in getting your plan done quickly.  Because this statement communicates you are in research mode, allowing others to be open to help you quickly decipher all the research you are trying to get for your final plan. 

Try this out the next time you are thinking of keeping your thoughts to yourself.  This could give you the leg up and help you move your career to higher levels of success.  

 

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