10 ways to Prepare yourself to effectively communicate with your coworkersEffective Communication with Coworkers#1 Prepare yourself to listen & listen for ideasMake a conscious effort to minimize distractions. Look up from what youre doing.
Be prepared to draw conclusions from what you are hearing.#2 Concentrate on the senderBe attentive. Look directly at the speaker & give feedback. Use all the listening skills youve learned.#3 Give verbal feedbackParaphrase or summarize what you have heard; then allow your coworker to respond.#4 Control your emotionsMake a conscious effort to listen even if the message is unpleasant.
Control negative feelings you have toward the sender.
Be sure facial expressions communicate understanding, acceptance, or confusion not hostility.#5 Space & TerritoryThe importance of personal space is affected by age, gender, status, & culture. Men maintain more distance than women. Age differences usually make differences in personal space needs.#6 TimeBeginning a job promptly indicates competence & implies that you know what to do & how to do it! Being late implies incompetence!#7 Body & Facial MovementBody movements may convey a number of different messages. Facial expressions may convey more than your verbal message.#8 VoiceResearch states that 93% of your attitude, as perceived by others, is conveyed by your tone of voice & its intensity.#9 Physical AppearanceThe initial visual impression influences a coworkers interest & willingness to communicate with you.#10 TouchTouch expresses sympathy, solidarity, or friendship. Touch can be misinterpreted depending on how well the communicators know one another & circumstances surrounding the message.Effective Communication with CoworkersName the 10 ways to prepare yourself in order to effective communicate with current or future coworkers.Get with your computer partner.Create a role play scenario where these 10 strategies could be put into practice.Your scenario needs to be realistic & school appropriate.Set up the scene: place, circumstances, climate, status of coworkers, any necessary background info, etc.Your scenario must have two characters. (give them names)Your scenario should last about 2 minutes.