“Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.”
~ Jim Rohn
Communication is critical to your professional success. If you are not a strategic communicator, your effectiveness within your organization will be minimized. Years of knowledge and experience mean little in the hands of someone who can’t communicate effectively. Becoming a strategic communicator will maximize your ability to influence others in your organization.
Reading articles on executive communications, such as Marielle Segarra’s article, “How to be a Strategic Communicator: 5 Tips,” is one way to improve the effectiveness of your communications. In her article, Segarra gives CFO readers five ways they can improve communication when discussing finance with the rest of the organization. The five tips Segarra gives are: align interests, teach finance, tell a story, get to the point, and don’t go it alone.
I was pleased to be interviewed for two of these steps to more effective communication: teaching finance and not going it alone. As you read Segarra’s article on becoming a strategic communicator, you’ll learn how you can improve your communications by aligning your goals with that of other departments. You’ll also learn how to teach others about finance to facilitate your communication. Telling a story to increase communication effectiveness and the importance of keeping to the point is discussed. Finally, you’ll learn that it’s important to use your organizational resources to improve your communications. Taking advantage of these five tips will help you become a strategic communicator.