How To Improve Team Communication ?
Effective communication is such an important part of successful teams, when team members effectively communicate they are well equipped to work through any team challenge or opportunity that comes their way. There is no one size fits all for how to communicate will put you on the right track, the following is a list of sound communication principles and questions you can ask yourself to improve your communication with each of your team mates depending on their key preferences and needs,
- Time is a precious resource, ensure your communication is focussed and provide only as much detail as the recipient needs to understand and engage.
- Convince the team members to speak. Try chatting to them and convince them to plug in their mics or at least stick with the team.
- Be polite even if the person is a jackass, be friendly, even if they think they are the best they will cooperate if you push them enough. Otherwise, they make a great shield.
- Demonstrate active listening whenever possible.
- Try to suggest rather than order your team, if you get them all in the best positions by being awesome sauce.
- Determine if your team mate likes to process information in a linear manner or is comfortable discussing an idea from many different perspectives and adjust your communication accordingly.
- Determine if your team mates need facts and figures to connect to an idea or if they need to have an emotion all connection before engaging.
- Ensure your verbal and non verbal communication is consistent, some team mates will be less focussed on the non verbal but some place a very high degree of importance on the consistency of verbal and non verbal communication.
- Finally most important you must realize that a talking team 9/10 times will always win.
Being an effective communicator is important for most dimensions of work life but particularly so when working as part of a team. The more each individual is cognizant of their own needs and strengths and those of others adjustments can be made on both side to optimize communication effectiveness.