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How to Be a Better Communicator in Business

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Effective communication is essential to the success of any business, as it plays a critical role in facilitating collaboration, building relationships, and achieving goals. 

In the fast-paced and dynamic world of business, communication is the key to sharing ideas, setting expectations, and providing feedback to stakeholders. Poor communication, on the other hand, can result in misunderstandings, conflicts, and missed opportunities.


What can you do to build strong communication skills and ensure your messages are conveyed accurately and effectively? 

We got you covered.

In this blog, we will explore various techniques and strategies that can help individuals become better communicators in the business world, overcome common communication challenges, and achieve their objectives.

Understand the Types of Communication Styles

There are many different communication styles, and individuals may use a combination of them depending on the situation. Here are some common communication styles:

  1. Direct Communication: In this style, individuals communicate their thoughts and feelings clearly and directly without beating around the bush.
  2. Indirect Communication: This style is more subtle and often involves using hints, suggestions, or nonverbal cues to convey a message.
  3. Assertive Communication: Individuals who use assertive communication express their needs and opinions confidently and respectfully, while also being receptive to the needs and opinions of others.
  4. Aggressive Communication: This style involves communicating in a forceful, hostile, or confrontational manner, often intending to dominate or win at all costs.
  5. Passive Communication: Individuals who use passive communication often avoid conflict, refrain from expressing their opinions or needs, and may be seen as indecisive or apathetic.
  6. Passive-Aggressive Communication: This style is a combination of passive and aggressive communication, where individuals may express their dissatisfaction indirectly or through subtle actions or behaviors.

It is essential to recognize and adapt to different communication styles to effectively communicate with others in various situations. 

Remember, too, that there are many styles in play when you’re part of a larger team – or when engaging with a group of individuals. Language barriers and cultural differences may make your adaptation to different communication styles a challenge, too.

What can you do to cut through the various types of communication and truly understand what people are saying – so you can convey ideas back to them easily as well?


Embrace Active Listening

Active listening is a communication technique where an individual listens with the intent to understand what the speaker is saying. It involves paying full attention to the speaker, processing their message, and responding appropriately.

Active listening goes beyond just hearing the words being spoken; it also involves observing the speaker’s body language, tone of voice, and other nonverbal cues to gain a better understanding of their message.

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Active listening requires concentration, patience, and an open mind, and involves techniques such as asking clarifying questions, summarizing the speaker’s message, and providing feedback to ensure that the message was received accurately. 

Effective active listening skills are essential in various business settings, including negotiations, customer service, team meetings, and performance evaluations.

Here are three ways to develop active listening skills:

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is the act of being present and fully engaged in the moment. 

To practice mindfulness, individuals can focus on the speaker and their message, paying attention to their words, tone of voice, and body language. By being fully present and engaged in the conversation, individuals can better understand the speaker’s message and respond appropriately.

Use open-ended questions

Open-ended questions allow individuals to gather more information and encourage the speaker to share their thoughts and feelings. By asking open-ended questions, individuals can gain a deeper understanding of the speaker’s message and communicate more effectively. 

Examples of open-ended questions include “Can you tell me more about that?” and “How do you feel about this situation?”

Provide feedback

Feedback is essential for effective communication. By providing feedback, individuals can confirm that they understood the speaker’s message accurately and clarify any misunderstandings. 

Reflective listening is a technique that involves summarizing the speaker’s message and providing feedback to ensure that the message was received accurately. It can involve restating what the speaker said in your own words or asking for clarification to confirm understanding.

Being Clear and Concise

In business, clear and concise communication is necessary to ensure that messages are conveyed accurately and effectively. It is essential in situations such as providing instructions, making presentations, writing emails or reports, and conducting meetings. 

Here are some reasons why clarity and conciseness are important in business communication:

  1. Avoid Misunderstandings: When messages are not clear, the audience may interpret them in different ways, leading to misunderstandings, confusion, and mistakes. Clear and concise communication ensures that the message is understood the way it was intended.
  2. Saves Time: In the fast-paced business world, time is precious. By using concise language, individuals can convey their message quickly and efficiently, without wasting time on irrelevant or unnecessary details.
  3. Builds Credibility: When messages are clear and concise, they demonstrate professionalism and competence. It shows that the individual has taken the time to craft their message carefully and that they value the audience’s time.
  4. Improves Decision-Making: In business, decisions are often made based on information provided in the communication. Clear and concise messages provide the necessary information in a way that can be easily processed and used to make informed decisions.

Want a tip? SLOW DOWN.

A lot of people rush to get as much information as they can when they have a chance to speak. What ends up happening is word vomit. They say a lot – but don’t convey a lot. It then leads to others feeling overwhelmed, and this then has them instantly forgetting what you said.


Choose your words carefully.

Less is more.

Non-verbal Communication in Business

Getting “a good read” on someone can make a tremendous impact on how you communicate. If you can match your tone and topic to how people are reacting then you can get them engaged.

To explain it in more detail…

Non-verbal communication in business refers to the transmission of messages through non-verbal cues such as facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, and other visual or auditory signals. It can convey emotions, attitudes, and intentions without the use of words, and can significantly impact how a message is received.

In a business setting, non-verbal communication plays a vital role in building relationships, establishing credibility, and conveying confidence. Here are some examples:

Eye Contact: Eye contact is an essential aspect of non-verbal communication. It can convey confidence, interest, and sincerity, while lack of eye contact may be perceived as disinterest, dishonesty, or lack of confidence.

Facial Expressions: Facial expressions can communicate a range of emotions, including happiness, sadness, anger, or surprise. In business, smiling can convey friendliness and approachability, while a frown may signal disapproval or dissatisfaction.

Body Language: Body language includes gestures, posture, and movement. Open, relaxed body language can communicate confidence and approachability, while closed, tense body language may signal discomfort or disinterest.

Tone of Voice: The tone of voice can convey emotions, attitudes, and intentions. It is essential to be aware of the tone used in business communication to avoid misunderstandings.

Ever notice how the most commanding individuals in a room stand strong, pierce you with their eyes, and have a very “vocal” body language? They’re doing that to keep your attention – some do this naturally but many have this learned.

Practice makes perfect with crafting your non-verbal communication. This is why you’ll often hear someone recommend doing a speech in front of a mirror. It helps you get over your fear of speaking but also lets you see how you’re presenting yourself!

In all – By being aware of non-verbal cues and using them effectively, individuals can improve their communication skills and build stronger relationships with colleagues, clients, and partners.

Written Communication

You’re going to do a lot of writing in business.

Not just for process documentation and the day-to-day stuff but also with your communication with others and whatnot. If you lack writing skills then a lot will be lost in the process. 

Written communication is an essential part of business communication, as it allows individuals to communicate complex ideas, convey information, and maintain a record of conversations.

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What can you do to be better at written comms? Try these tips:

Plan and organize your message

Before you start writing, take some time to plan and organize your message. Determine the purpose of your message, the audience, and the key points you want to convey. Create an outline if necessary to help structure your message.

Use clear and concise language

Use simple, clear language to convey your message. Avoid using jargon, technical terms, or complex sentences that may confuse the reader. Be concise and get straight to the point.

Be professional (or not)

Use a professional tone when writing business communication. Avoid using slang, abbreviations, or emoticons, and use proper grammar and spelling. It is also essential to address the recipient appropriately and use a professional salutation.


You can totally throw this out the window if you’re running the business how you want. In fact, being off the cuff can be great for attracting ideal clients. You’re not trying to impress people with your “professionalism” – you’re being authentic and real to who you are (and how you talk).

… just don’t say anything dumb that’ll land you in hot water.

Use formatting and visuals

Use formatting and visual aids such as headings, bullet points, and charts to make your message more readable and visually appealing. Be consistent with formatting to make your message more organized.

Proofread and revise

Make sure to proofread and revise your messages. Check for grammar and spelling errors, ensure the message is well-organized, and that it conveys the intended message

A simple trick? Install the Grammarly plugin and let it handle all your spelling errors!

Good written communication can help build relationships, convey important information, and improve decision-making. Like anything – you get better the more you do it. So, try to write when you have the time and patience because it’s not just good for comms but you’ll ultimately expand your capabilities and skills as a whole!

Communication Conflicts and Resolutions

Sometimes you say dumb things.

Sometimes you don’t communicate clearly.

Sometimes you get under people’s skin.

When this happens – you’ll want to have skills in conflict resolution to diffuse the situation before they become so much more trouble than they need to be. And, as you’d expect, this is all closely tied to how well you can communicate in business.

Here’s how to deal with communication issues:

  1. The first step in managing communication conflicts is to identify the issue. Determine what caused the conflict and what specific issue needs to be resolved.
  2. Next, actively listen to the other party’s perspective and try to understand their point of view. Encourage them to express their thoughts and feelings openly and respectfully.
  3. Afterward, share your perspective clearly and concisely. Be honest and direct, but also respectful and considerate of the other party’s feelings and opinions.
  4. With that out in the open, look for areas of agreement or compromise that can help resolve the conflict. Identify shared goals and interests and use them as a basis for finding a resolution.
  5. Then, work together to brainstorm potential solutions to the conflict. Evaluate the pros and cons of each option and select the solution that is most effective and feasible.
  6. Once a solution has been agreed upon, take action to implement it. Ensure that all parties understand their roles and responsibilities in implementing the solution.
  7. Finally, follow up on the resolution to ensure that it is effective and that both parties are satisfied with the outcome. If necessary, make adjustments to the solution to address any remaining issues.

By doing this – you’re going to avoid a lot of communication issues and conflicts in business. You’ll also take trivial conflicts and turn them into opportunities to grow!

Be a Great Communicator

In conclusion, effective communication is an essential skill for business success. 

Good communication can improve relationships, build trust, and enhance productivity, while poor communication can lead to misunderstandings, conflicts, and lost opportunities. 

Becoming a better communicator in business requires the development of active listening skills, clear and concise writing, and the ability to use non-verbal communication effectively. It also involves being able to manage conflicts effectively, whether they arise between colleagues, clients, or partners. 

By developing these skills, individuals can improve their communication skills, build stronger relationships, and achieve greater success in their business endeavors.


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