If you can communicate well with others in a manner they understand and accept easily, you’ll always be understood and valued. This communication can be during times when you only see some of your coworkers for a brief time at the holiday party, when you write emails and need to get a message out in as few words as possible or during a time when the going in your business is tough. When you know how to properly communicate with others and have figured out what makes sense and what just fills time you can cut the fat and have the communication that makes sense for your situation. Make communication a priority and your career will always have an upward trajectory of success.
Balancing Fun and Professionalism at the Holiday Office Party
Going to you holiday party can be a lot of fun, but the anguish many of us have is the stories of those people who drink too much or act inappropriately at the holiday party. It’s really not that hard to avoid being this person. What you need to do is be yourself but remember you’re in a professional environment. You can look festive while being conservative in your dress and enjoy a few drinks but not too many. This is a great time for you to thank those who have done the most for you all year and for you to meet people you don’t get to work with often at all. Put faces with names and have a good time but remember you’re still on display for the people you work with and you’ll be able to enjoy the party while maintaining your professional dignity.
CEO of a $16 Billion Business Says the Way You Write Emails can Break Your Career
Communication is key in any business and no one wants to be stuck reading a lengthy email when a few words will do the trick. In our world where we communicate succinctly in 140 characters or less it’s becoming more necessary for you to be able to get your point across as quickly as possible. State what you need to say and move on. If there’s follow up needed or questions, let other people ask you to give them more information. This will cut down on the time others who know what your message is, need to spend reading emails. This is good advice not only for emails, but for presentations and speeches as well, giving you a great way to communicate more effectively than you have in the past.
What Can You do to Keep Morale High During a Rough Patch?
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The tough times will happen in your career and when they do you need to be ready to address them with the right mindset and formula. Your employees can see past what you say to them, which makes being transparent one of the most important aspects of ensuring morale remains high during this time. Make sure you keep your morale high and don’t panic during this time. If there are negative rumors, don’t shy away from them, go ahead and address them so that you can have the right message and a clear understanding of the goals. Praise the good work others are doing and share the vision and plan to come out of the tough times with the whole team. Doing these things you’ll be able to lead the way to a smooth upward progression once again.