Build up your communication skills with these tricks and tips…
Starting a new job or worried about going back into the office after working from home?
When going into an office environment, it’s important to remember, that communication skills are key to building professional and personal relationships as well as building your own confidence (especially when we’ve all been isolated for a very long time so it may take a while to get back into the swing of things). So, here are a few tips and tricks to help shake off those nerves and get you back into the groove of things.
Master Small Talk
We are all human, so it’s okay if you don’t have the perfect thing to say in all situations. Initiating simple conversations with “small talk” can really boost your social skills and confidence again so, if you know you have something in common with the person you’re speaking to, bring that up! It could be anything from a movie you watched at the weekend, or a great typical British conversation starter is the good old British weather!
You can then start to bring up more work-related subjects and show interest in what they are doing such as what projects they are working on. It may sound simple, but once you start putting these simple conversation starters into practice you will feel your confidence boost massively!
f you’re in the middle of a conversation and don’t know how to add value, ask a question that will show the other person you’re engaged with what they have to say. Try using “What did you do” … “Tell me about” … or “How did that make you feel”. Creating conversations that encourage expressive emotions will build connections between you and your colleagues. People love talking about themselves (it’s what makes us feel good!) so they will love that you have taken an interest in them.
How many times have you spoke to someone, and you can tell they’ve been distracted? Don’t be that person! When listening to a conversation make sure you try not to interrupt and let them talk. By asking questions or using lines like “that’s a great idea”, will show the other person you value what they have to say and it’s important to you.
Having closed body language can shut down any conversation so be aware; your body language will display your emotions. To create warm body language, avoid folding your arms and covering your body. Start off, holding your shoulders back, creating eye contact and smiling at people! This will make other people feel more comfortable and confident.
No matter your circumstances, improving your communication skills will always be key to building relationships in a professional and personal environment. So, we hope this has helped you gain a little more confidence in returning to the office after working from home or help you feel more comfortable starting your new job!
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