You know those mandatory meetings that your whole staff tries to get out of? You know, the ones where you stand up in front of a monitor, spout off some figures and try and rattle off an empowering speech.
We’re referring to those same meetings where no matter how hard you try, you never seem to get through to even your best workers.
Your employees hate those meetings. More so, they hate being talked down to.
As their boss, it’s important to lead. But part of leading is practicing effective communication
techniques that aren’t always taught.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few reasons why your employees can’t stop your monologues and how you can get results.
Monologues Take One Person’s Views into Account
As a kid, you probably heard the phrase, “There’s no ‘I’ in team.” However cheesy that saying may be, there’s a glimmer of truth in there.
Your office isn’t a one-man operation. If it were, odds are it wouldn’t stay open more than a day or two.
No, your office is an environment where interpersonal communication should flourish. Everyone has their own set of opinions and ideas.
When we monologue, we tend to only focus on our ideas. And sure, you may have some genuinely good ideas or motivations. But espousing your views as the only acceptable views is a surefire way to get employees to leave.
How You Say Something Matters as Much as What You Say
Monologues are certainly one way to get your point across, but they’re not exactly the most effective. If anything, they’re probably a waste of everyone’s time.
There’s no need to bloviate or expand on a thought more than necessary. If you can say something in a short, succinct manner, do so. Your employees will be thankful and you’ll see productivity go up substantially.
For that matter, don’t forget to pay attention to your body language and tone of voice. You may not realize how stand-offish or condescending you’re acting, but it could come across as off-putting to employees.
Smart Bosses Listen More Than Talk
Our society tends to downplay the significance of sitting back and listening. Which is a shame, because the happiest employees are those that feel like their opinions are heard.
Instead, we tend to focus on convincing others of how skilled or talented we are. In reality, we should focus on EQ, or emotional intelligence
, as much as IQ.
Your employees have a lot to teach you if you’d just sit back and listen. So next time you feel like starting another rant, take a deep breath and open the floor.
You’ll be surprised at how your employees will appreciate you really hearing them.
Use Effective Communication Techniques to Be a Better Boss
As someone with authority, it’s often tempting to be the loudest and most verbose. But eventually, you’ll find that that’s rarely the most effective method.
Keep these effective communication techniques in mind and you’re sure to have a happier, more productive office.
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