Business communications are about two things. Communication is the art of sharing information without words, and communication is the art of listening to and responding to what you hear. In my experience, communication is an iterative process. For example, I might first hear about someone who is about to leave for a conference or I might hear about a new project that I am working on. Each time I hear about the person or project or situation, it can take me a few times to fully grasp it.
But business communication is not about getting to a goal, it is a process. I recently had a meeting about a new startup that I wanted to join. When I had a chance to share my thoughts with the other person, I told them about my interest in the startup, but not enough to give them an idea of how much more it would take to me to be able to do that. This was a very helpful step in understanding how much time it would take to get the job done.
When I was doing my job, I learned that you need to be able to take the time to explain everything. When you need to explain what you are doing, you cannot do it without explaining it enough to explain that it needs to be done.
I think anyone who is a startup founder should have a good idea of how much time it would take to get the job done. So I’m happy to tell you that today the company I’m working at had a business communication test that took approximately 1.2 hours. I took that time to explain that it took me 2.5 hours to explain what the job was, the team I was working with, and how it was important to me to be able to do it.
If you want to understand how to communicate efficiently it’s not difficult at all. It mostly comes down to taking your time and being concise, clear, and to the point. However, at the same time, it’s pretty important to make your message as simple and clear as possible.
The most important part of the job is communication, but communication is not the only part. Its also important to be able to work with a team, and a team is a lot easier to manage if its able to communicate well. Even though business communication is not something that can be taught, you can learn how to communicate well in a specific situation. You don’t have to be a business communication expert, but you should know what you’re talking about for your team.
Even though communication is a lot easier than communication, you still have to learn how to communicate well. If you’re doing business and you’re communicating well, then you’re communicating well. If you’re not, then you need to learn how to communicate well.
It’s easy to say you know how to communicate well when you just want to make it look good. We see this so often in business communications, especially when people use their “business speak” as a way to make their positions look better. We see it in the way people talk about their company’s finances, how they handle conflicts, or how they communicate with customers. We see it in the way people talk about their ideas, products, and features.
What we’re not seeing is the way that people actually communicate while on the job. We’re not seeing people make their plans and goals look as if they’re not only clear and concise, but they’re also as detailed as they need to be. No, we’re not seeing people actually communicating the way they need to. We’re seeing people acting as if they don’t understand the world around them, when they really do.
In a business, people spend hours on the phone with their boss, their customers, their suppliers, but we don’t see them doing the same with each other. We see them all acting as if they are talking to a robot. We see people sitting at the desk pretending to be busy, when there is no one else to take their calls. We see people hanging up on customers and employees when they cannot make sense of what they are saying.