Communication is an essential part of becoming an entrepreneur as you need to communicate with all sorts of people ranging from level 1 employees to investors. However, sometimes we tend to display some sort of bad communication traits which could be very harmful to the company’s reputation.
Here are a few bad communication traits you need to get rid of:
Bad body language
Body language plays an important role in non-verbal communication and if any way, your body language indicates that you are uninterested or bored, the other person will want to end the conversation.
Beating around the bush
Time is precious for everyone which is why making a point and sticking to it is necessary instead of digressing and revolving around it. The listener loses interest if your conversation cannot make a strong point or stand.
Poor choice of words
Nobody is asking you to use big, fancy words in each sentence; but, if you choose the poorest (non-impactful, casual) words to use in a sentence, you could end up looking weak to the listener and killing a potential deal.
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Not listening properly
For communication to smoothly go on, you need to be a good listener and pay attention to what the other person is saying. If you don’t listen carefully, you end up giving half baked answers which could cause the other party to lose interest.
Everyone loves to speak about themselves, but that doesn’t give you the right to interrupt someone else’s story. Wait for the other person to finish talking and then raise a point or share your thoughts. Constant interruptions irritates the other person and breaks their train of thoughts which can prove to be detrimental to the conversation.
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Floundering is the worst
Rambling endlessly without a purpose or a point will make your listeners lose interest. Just like you should chime into someone’s conversations, you shouldn’t talk endlessly after your point is made because that negates your point.
Tone of your communication
This can be a hindrance both in face-to-face and virtual communication as the tone can be misunderstood by the other person. You need to pay special attention to what you want to convey and the choice of words through which you convey that information.