What is the most common skill listed in a job description? Excellent communication of course! It’s listed for pretty much 100% of jobs and often in multiple different ways.
So in an ideal educational world, the top skill we’d all learn is how to communicate effectively. Being persuasive. Speaking in front of others. Writing to achieve results. Explaining technical concepts to mass audiences. Body language. These are skills everyone needs to have and forms the foundation of how all business is done.
And yet it’s either absent or receives less emphasis than 17th century literature from most universities. It’s rarely provided as business training when starting a new job. And even when we get that educational opportunity, it’s usually short-lived rather than life-long improvement.
We are here to change this. We encourage business communications training in ALL of our skill based learning paths. Because remember, it’s required for 100% of jobs. So we’ve created a page dedicated to this topic and helping you learn from the best business communications teachers.
We are starting off with body language because it’s so important to get right. Most people neglect this critical component of communication and much to their detriment. Actors, tv presenters, politicians, and other master communicators are typically amazing in body language but it’s so subtle that we often don’t know it. We want to get you to that higher level.
If there’s one thing you can learn and gain from this learning page, it’s to start thinking about your own body language in business and everyday life.
The best source to do this is The Power of Body Language. It’s a really well-reviewed and valuable course!
Advancing one step from body language is the ability to stand before a group and speak. This will really test your body language but will add many more dimensions. Your voice will be in focus. Your presence on whatever stage. The way you engage your audience. And of course the actual content itself.
So many people fear public speaking. The reason is not that it’s overly difficult. The reason is they’ve never learned it and thus resist practicing it. We want to change that because good public speakers go far in the professional world.
This goes one step deeper than public speaking. Now you’re not only standing in front of a group but you’re presenting on a very specific subject and aiming for a very specific outcome. You have to be on your game!
Business presentations happen often in any job. Sales pitches. Proposals. Leading a team meeting. Sharing the outcomes or conclusions of your work. Managers talking in front of larger departments. Upper management talking to customers, investors, the media, etc. The higher you want to go in business, the more you will be giving business presentations.
Management consultants are professionals at business presentations so we would suggest learning skills from these pros: Management Consulting Presentation Essentials Pro
Microsoft Powerpoint and other similar programs provide the standard visual aid in business presentations. While relying too heavily on such aids can diminish the effectiveness of presentations, they are typically essential to communicating the key messages. We want to give you a leg up on the competition so you can use visual aids just the right amount.
If you like Powerpoint, we actually suggest two courses: Powerpoint 2013 2016: Master Powerpoint Presentations and Powerpoint Slide Designs for Crucial Presentations
If you prefer Keynote, we like Mac Keynote: Creating Presentations on Your Mac
Whether you’re writing in a Powerpoint presentation, doing technical writing, writing an email, writing a press release, or anything else in business… you need to develop the right writing skills. Your written communication should be as engaging, informative, and persuasive as your oral communication.
A lot of people struggle with this and it comes down to lack of education and effort. We know you’re different and you recognize that you can always improve.
Whether you’re communicating through body language, oral presentation, writing, or even other forms of communication like design… using basic psychological techniques can really help you improve your effectiveness.
The gold standard in communication psychology is the book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
You cannot improve your communication skills unless you practice. Sitting at a computer and learning here can help give you great ideas. However, you need to see yourself and get feedback from others that witness your communication live in action. That is where real improvement and noticeable career benefits will start to happen.
Certainly take everything we’ve covered in this page with you to these practice exercises. All these materials are yours to keep and constantly refer back to. And by using ideas from these top communications instructors, your practice will be ultra-effective.
The easiest way to improve is by taping yourself and just noticing what you do well or need to work on. Also consider joining Toastmasters to practice presenting in front of others and having professional critiques to assist.
We commend you for your choice in improving your business communication skills. This will help you immensely every day in your career. The next step is how you can use your improved communication skills in enhancing your career.
The following guides will help you apply your new skills and see significant career benefit…
It’s pretty tough to differentiate yourself in the job market. But now that you’ve learned a valuable new skill, we think you can do it with your resume.
For more information and to sign up, visit our Building a Top Resume Guide Page
Cover letters are the first thing employers will see when you’re applying to them. So you certainly want it to look good and make a strong case for you to get the job!
For more information and to sign up, check out our page Writing Amazing Cover Letters Guide
Now that you have better qualifications, it’s time to PROVE it to employers. This is what they love even more than resumes! Portfolios are your edge compared to other applicants.
The Portfolio Guide will help with…
For more information or to sign up, visit our page – Creating a Professional Portfolio Guide
The interview is the equivalent of closing the sale. This is when you’re getting more personalized and thus requires substantial preparation.
Here’s what this guide covers…
For more information or to sign up, visit our page Owning the Interview Guide
Everyone should know how to do a business proposal but few do! Yet it’s so important to advance in your career (job applications, bidding on work, proposing ideas, etc).
For more information or to sign up, visit our page The Business Proposal Guide
Sales can be a freelancer’s biggest challenge. But it doesn’t have to be so bad. We’re here to help! This guide will help you improve with:
For more information or to sign up, visit our page – Increasing Freelance Sales Guide
Rather than go from gig to gig, you can do better. Your freelancing can be built into a full business and earn much better, more consistent revenue.
This guide helps the freelancer:
For more information or to sign up for this guide, visit our page at Freelance Gigs to Lucrative Business Guide
We want to work with YOU directly. What can we focus on?
For more information or to sign up for a time slot today, visit our page Reverse Tide Personalized Career Services