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Solve Your Communication Problems Right Now

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How do you communicate the priorities? How do you work cross functionally with no bottlenecks? Here are a a few ways we're thinking about solving this challenge: 

Choosing the Correct Form of Communication is Key

Should it be an email or a meeting? Often the two are confused. People end up spending time in meetings that they don't need to or sending emails back and forth when a simple conversation could clear everything up. Think about what you need to communicate, how much discussion needs to happen and then decide the best approach. Especially as it pertains to decision making, be sure you choose the forum that is best for providing all the documents and players needed.

Be Clear About the Goal of the Conversation

Are you there to make a decision? Is it for a brainstorm? Are you looking for feedback on something? Are you looking for a deliverable? Answering these questions can help you decisde how to best structure a conversation and how to get the results you are looking to achieve. 

It's All About Follow-up
 
Something I know many teams are guilty of doing is not having clear action items or assigning "owners" after a meeting. You may have a great brainstorm, or feedback session, or make a decision but "memorializing" things is what ensures you are moving forward. Great ideas don't result in execution; the work must be done. And if a project requires multiple teams' involvement, then you need someone to own it and track each piece down to launch it. 
 
In the end, I've found tackling these three communication skills now only leads to better efficiencies amongst your team and your business as a whole. 
 
Article credit: Inc.com
 

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