How You Communicate Can Have a Big Impact on Your Career

Updated on December 22, 2018
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Glenn Stok has strategic management skills in organization, planning, and policy development. He managed his own business over 35 years.

You’d love to get a promotion to a higher level but there seem to be some problems.

  • Do you find your career path is stagnating?
  • Do you feel you’ve been working very hard but not being recognized for your achievements?
  • Do you think of innovative ways to improve things but don’t know how to tell upper management in a way that they will listen?

The way you communicate has an enormous effect on all these things. That may be what's keeping you from going places within your company.

I’ll give you some essential communication techniques that are important when dealing with work-related issues. It can make all the difference with how your boss relates to you and how future promotions are decided.


Show Your Boss That You're Competent

Your career depends on what your manager thinks you’re capable of doing. This can have a big impact on future promotions.

In order to achieve more success than other employees, do your homework by self-studying and improve your own knowledge and experience. Let your boss know what you are studying and how important you realize it is for the benefit of the company.

Never ask your boss to help give you a solution to a problem without first giving it some thought yourself. This has a huge effect on your boss noticing your competency. It also avoids giving your boss more work because you’ve done it yourself to come up with a solution.

Showing that you've thought about it and came up with your own method of solving a problem is an indicator that you are potential management material yourself. (Did I hear someone say promotion?)

Confirm Priorities from Time to Time

If you are overloaded with several tasks, communicating with your boss about the tasks you’re working on and the priorities you are giving to them will help your boss recognize what you are achieving. It might even show your boss that they need to back off a little, but only if you are meeting the deadlines anyway.

If you can’t meet deadlines, discuss the importance of each step with your boss. Allow him or her to get involved with setting priorities. Give your boss a feeling of power by asking for his or her opinion on priorities. You never want to take that feeling away. Make it work to your advantage.

This, alone, should take some of the pressure off you without making it sound like you are complaining.

Show Empathy Towards Your Boss

Show your boss that you know the job you have is important. Think about the impact it has on the company from your boss’s point of view. Consider what he or she is going through, as far as getting the job done is concerned. It’s pressure on your boss too.

Show your boss that you understand the priorities. The last thing that they want to hear is that you don’t appreciate the importance of the work involved. This lets them know that you share the same goals and values.

Always Do Your Best

If you can't handle what's expected, then you may end up looking incompetent. If this is happening, discuss it with your boss and mutually try to work out alternative solutions. Your manager might consider changing deadlines.

Nevertheless, always try to work beyond what is expected of you. It shows that you care to give back more than others and you will stand out as an achiever.

Show Managers That You Are a Team Player

Don't hesitate to share your thoughts and make your ideas known.

All the ideas you share can be very powerful with influencing your boss that you deserve a promotion into a job position where your can better apply your talents.

For this reason, it’s important to always discuss what you’ve been working on. Let your boss know how you feel about the job you have and how you are applying yourself.

Always make it a goal is to give your boss a vision of what you can be doing in a different position and other ideas you may have that can benefit the company.

Just one thing to keep in mind: When you put the time and effort into generating your own ideas, don’t let your other responsibilities suffer for it. Keep working on your assigned tasks and make sure you stay up to date with schedules. Your efforts at providing solutions to other problems, which were not asked of you, should take second base.


Use an Elevator Pitch

If you find it difficult to get into a meeting with your boss to discuss your ideas, plan to do a presentation when the opportunity arrives.

You’ve heard of the elevator pitch? Well, plan one. Keep it ready in your mind to use when the opportunity presents itself. This can happen anywhere at any time.

When you get the chance, pique your boss’s interest with a brief explanation of an issue you’re aware of, and with just a couple of sentences describe your solution that you envision and why it will help.

Propose Solutions to a Problem

Providing a solution to a problem is a great way to show that you are competent and that you understand the issues involved. Your manager will soon recognize that you can be trusted to work on greater tasks.

Eventually you’ll be given more responsibilities, and with that it usually means a promotion.

Get That Promotion with a Vision

You can show upper management that you are an important entity in the company. If you think of innovative ways to improve things, don’t keep it to yourself. Share it with management.

Your ideas may be a better value to your company than you realize. When you know how to share your ideas you may even achieve additional respect and appreciation for it. That could mean job security!

You may actually end up creating a new position for yourself—with career advancement.

You Have the Power

It’s very important to understand the power that you have and what you can do with it. It’s also important to realize that this power can not only save your job, but it can create a whole new career for you within your existing employment.

© 2009 Glenn Stok

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