Does your communication style affect your career?

Well, you know, it’s like this, dude–I mean, hang on, no worries, its sweet, right? Many articles have been written about dressing for success, ie, dress for the position you aspire to, not the one you’re currently in. Makes sense! Now for the stuffy sounding advice: if you want to be considered as a future executive, speak like a CEO and write like a CEO.

TONE

When you ask a question, use a positive and even tone. For example, “Why are we doing it this way?” That sounds like a complaint, right? Replace with, “I’d like to talk with you about an idea I have to improve the process.” Big difference!

FORMALITY

Your boss asks you how the client meeting turned out. You answer, “Oh man, it was brutal. We told him the price and it was wicked what he did next!” Do you give your leadership faith that you handled the situation well and that you are competent in your job? Replace with, “We explained our pricing structure, and our client still has questions. Would you be willing to work with me to close the sale?” Use language appropriate for work when at work. Clients and coworkers aren’t “sweetie” and bosses aren’t “dudes” except to their personal friends on the weekend (maybe not even then).

CURSING

It’s worth mentioning that many studies have demonstrated that cursing is offensive in the workplace—even to those who might curse outside of the office. It is perceived by others as a weakness, an inability to control emotions. It can be a kiss of death for your career.

GRAMMAR

R U Serious?? Very uncool! Don’t know nothing about that–IDC! Even 10 years from now, when today’s teenagers become leaders, I don’t believe that the executive team will send memos to the shareholders in tech talk. Do u?

Written by: Julie Godshall Brown

Julie Godshall BrownJulie is the President and Owner of Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing. She has been with her family business full-time since 1995 and remained as President and Owner when her parents retired in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Clemson University and a Master of Personnel and Employee Relations from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining her family’s business in 1995, she was a Technical Recruiter and HR Generalist with NCR (AT&T)  in Columbia and Liberty, SC. In addition to leading her firm and several industry related organizations, she is a very active community volunteer who has made an impact on the future of the Upstate.

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