Communication is an essential skill in today’s world. It’s the key to persuasion, role modeling, and moving others to take action. In the workplace, it’s critical for moving up the career ladder, maintaining employee engagement, building customer relationships, inspiring investors, and developing a great reputation within the community. But according to LinkedIn “Global Talent Trends” research, there’s a significant gap between the communication skills businesses and their leaders need to be successful and the skills current talent and new recruits possess.To complicate things further, as our modern world has added technologies that enable us to work together no matter where we are, consistently effective communication has become both more critical and more difficult than ever before.
Today, most companies are realizing the value of soft skills—like teamwork, critical thinking, and above all, communication—over traditional, hard skills. So, whether you’re a C-suite executive or an aspiring leader, it’s time to brush up.
That’s why Quantified Communications is proud to announce our latest e-book: The Ultimate Guide to Effective Communication Skills.
This free e-book is a primer to help you start developing the communication skills you need to ensure that, when you speak — in person or over video — you can connect, engage and influence your audience.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
24 Ways to Boost Your Communication Skills
From the words we say to the way we say them to the way we present ourselves on stage — or on screen — it can seem like the communication skills we need to keep in mind for every presentation or conversation are endless. In this e-book, we unpack the 24 most important skills and offer you practical strategies and techniques for building each one.
Here’s an example:
Tips for Presenting Over Video with Impact
Even before COVID-19, a growing reliance on video was changing the communication game. Now, Zoom and other video platforms are arguably our most-used communication channels. And while they enable us to see and hear one another anytime, and from anywhere, they’ve also led to a new set of communications challenges.
How can we engage our audiences when we’re not in the same room? Can we continue to hone and maintain the reputations we want with the growing demand for digital communication? Leaders and aspiring leaders are racing to get comfortable on screen, communicating as effectively and confidently by video as they do in person.
Here, too, our new e-book has you covered, with more than a dozen video communication tips. We cover the logistics — how to arrange your screen, what to wear, what kind of backgrounds are most effective — as well as the communication skills — how to introduce yourself, how to gesture and move effectively when you’re confined to a screen rather than a stage, and more.
A Checklist to Prepare You for Your Next Presentation
We know it’s a lot to take in: all 24 communication skills, our favorite strategies for developing each, and plenty of video communication tips. So, once we’ve unpacked all that, we distill it into a handy, one-page checklist you can use to make sure you’re doing all the right things to prepare for your next presentation — whether you’ll be on the stage or on the screen. We identify the top questions to ask yourself to be sure your content, visual delivery, vocal delivery, and overall presence are all on point, so you can feel confident kicking off your next meeting.
Powerful Communication Is Within Your Control.
The demands for effective communication from leaders in business, government, and culture are higher today than ever before. Fortunately, we’re also more in control of our communication skills than ever before. While communication was once considered a fully subjective art, we now have the ability to pinpoint, specifically and objectively, the communication traits that drive the way our audiences see us. When we can identify our strengths and zero on in our development opportunities, each of us can become powerful communicators.