What is expected?
Communication skills are very important for the growth of a manager’s career. Most of a manager’s time is spent communicating and attending meetings. Managers need to develop their communication skills to offer guidance to their staff and must work with stakeholders in solving business problems. Managers are expected to be effective communicators, presenters, facilitator, and leaders. Communication is an important part to each of these areas and is one of the best skills to have to climb the corporate ladder.
What are the issues?
One of the biggest issues that you hear often is that there is not enough communication or collaboration in organizations. If no one communicates or collaborates in the organization then how are you supposed to make sure that you have all the relevant stakeholders that are backing corporate initiatives?
What you need to do?
You need to develop communication skills to give strategic, tactical, and operational direction to staff. Your staff must understand what is expected from them, what is the criteria for success, and when are they expected to deliver. When facilitating work with stakeholders, you need to be able to communicate and manage stakeholder expectations. The bottom-line is that if you do not communicate with your peers, stakeholders, and customers then it will be harder for you as a manager, to accomplish the mission goals. Luckily, there are groups that you can join and training that you can take that will allow you to work on your communication skills. You can do a search on the internet and look for training and communication. You should get a number of results returned back from your query. Take a look and do research to see which link will provide the best training opportunity. Also, many companies have partnered with a training provider to offer free online training to their employees. If your company provides online training, there should be classes that you can take for business communications. You can also do self learning and buy a book on communication. Do research, find alternatives, and pick what is the best method for you.