How To Be A Star Performer At Your Workplace

By: Anurag Gupta | In: Work Place Tips | Last Updated: 2011-06-27

Communicating well, in business and in all other circumstances leads on the path of success. Likewise, the key to a successful career is communication. It is not always easy to know what to say, and it certainly isn't always obvious how to say it. To help one out of this precarious situation, here are some tips which can come into handy while communicating well for professional success.

One should be a strong, strategic communicator during interviews. There is a high probability that one might land a plum job, even though one is the "least qualified" of all the candidates.

One should learn how to re-think the basics like 'When's the last time you re-evaluated how you introduce yourself on a phone call?' or 'Do you ask the person if it is a good time to talk?' and also about the more advanced communication skills, including how to manage in a crisis, communicate about a missed deadline or how to recover when you aren't prepared for a presentation.

There Are Four Concepts That Need To Be Focused On

  • Empathy Thinking about the other person before you consider your own needs and focusing on how to make that other person's life better.
  • Initiative Being proactive without creating work for others, thus moving your career forward by "engaging in meaningful and productive work that contributes to the greater good".
  • Forward Momentum Creating, nurturing and sustaining personal relationships, even when you have no specific "reason" in mind, other than to just keep in touch.
  • Transparency Being honest when you mess something up and admitting when you don't know something.

Also, one should know about the concept of 'personal selling'. One should be aware what topic should be discussed with whom. Like for example, one can talk about a recent vacation with one's peers and one's achievements should be highlighted in the presence of one's immediate seniors. Just like people have multiple online profiles like Facebook, Gmail, LinkedIn etc, people need to understand that different circumstances warrant different approaches to get ahead and be a noticed as a star performer at the workplace.

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