Jodi Standke 2014-01-29 23:47:23
Communication is Key We make a quick assessment of other people within seven seconds of first meeting them. A strong first impression counts. Part of that first impression is communication. Whether your focus is business development, client service, interviewing, leading, managing, responding to RFP’s, presenting … strong communication skills are critical. Good communication starts with good conversation. One might say good communication is an art compromising of listening, reacting, enthusiasm, empathy and a mutual understanding of thought. Here are the 10 most common problems in communication: 1. Initial rapport is not established with listeners. 2. Body movements are stiff or wooden. 3. Material is presented intellectually, not involving the audience emotionally. 4. Speaker seems uncomfortable due to fear of failure. 5. Eye contact and facial expression are poorly utilized. 6. Humor is lacking. 7. Speaker’s intentions are not made clear due to improper preparation. 8. Silence is not used for impact. 9. Energy is low, resulting in ineffective pitch pattern, speech rate and volume. 10. Language and material are boring. And here are the 4 essentials of a GREAT communicator: 1. Be prepared. 2. Make others comfortable. 3. Be committed. 4. Be interesting. What sort of instant impression do you make on others? Are you as effective as you could be in conversation? For more information, contact Talon. Jodi Standke is CEO of Talon Performance Group, Inc., a legal talent management firm that provides cost-effective legal recruiting for culture fit, as well as communications workshops, team-building exercises, leadership coaching, management training, CLE presentations, and firm and client building programs. As a trusted strategic partner, Jodi helps law firms and legal departments develop a cohesive approach to selection, development and retention of talent, directly impacting the bottom line which is vital to their success. Hundreds of clients across the country rely on Jodi’s expertise. WBENC and NALSC certified. Contact Jodi Standke at: email@example.com or at (612) 827-5165.
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