In the past, I have shared some studies proving the importance of developing your communication skills. Today, let me share something personal.
Enhancing my communication skills has been beneficial to me at work.
In 2011, I was hired by a multinational ship management company. I was new and had no idea of the shipping industry. I had the technical accounting skills, but I was not familiar yet with its unique business environment. I had a lot of catching up to do.
Armed with essential communication skills, I navigated and sailed through added challenges – coordinating with different personnel across departments, getting them to one table to discuss plans and programs, and presenting issues and needed resolutions – on top of my technical tasks as an accountant and process improvement analyst. It was challenging and difficult, but it was because of my communication skills that I was able to make it through.
I cannot discount the fact that the continuous honing of my communication and public speaking skills and using them to lead my team and coordinate across departments was a big factor in my job performance.
This enabled me to be promoted twice in that company in a span of three years. In an informal lunch meeting, the CFO mentioned how I adjusted and coped easily despite being new in the company and in the industry.
This was not because of any superpower I had. It was not because of any special talent I had, either. It was because of my drive and openness to continuously receive training in communication and public speaking.
Here’s my word to you:
Are you an employee or entrepreneur seeking to increase your value and earning potential? Are you a newbie in a company aiming to launch your career? Are you a young mind aspiring to make a difference?
Whoever you are and whatever you do, do not ignore this fundamental skill! Enhance your communication skills and get ready to see the results that will be coming on your way.
Join me as we enhance our communication and public speaking skills at the SPEAK 2.0 Public Speaking Workshop on March 16 9am-5pm. Sign up now at www.chrisdaoanis.com/speak . Your registration entitles you to a seat to the workshop, lunch, snacks, and a FREE copy of the book ‘SPEAK: How to Craft and Deliver a Speech or Presentation with Confidence and Competence. ’ You may also register at Occasions Party Needs Shop, Mabini Shopping Center, Upper Mabini Street, Baguio City. For inquiries, you may text us at 0917-858-9154.
(Chris Dao-anis, CPA, DTM is a communication & leadership trainer, inspirational speaker, and author. SPEAK is his fourth book.)