Improving how you communicate can feel personal, because how you communicate is how you’re you. But it’s also one of the best things you can do for your career, because everyone wants to be heard.
One crucial way to improve your communication skills is to listen, really listen, to others. So a great way to work at making your efforts to become a better communicator stick is to ask for feedback.
Ask a trusted friend of colleague to give you a grade on your communication skills. Where do you excel and where do you still need some help? (Be sure to ask them to look at how you communicate comprehensively, both in person and through digital channels.)
This will also help you build trust with those you work with: asking for help and being vulnerable are trust earners.
Ask for feedback.
Once you know where you need help, you’ll be able to better stick to the action ideas discussed last week and start improving your high-touch or high-tech communications.