Everyone knows communication is key to a productive relationship—and yet everyone makes communication mistakes.
It’s all too common to send an email only to realize that it contained an embarrassing typo; in the professional world, a faux pas can lead to lost income, reduced business or a damaged reputation.
Even those who are ultra-conscientious may be doomed to fail if they unwittingly make communication mistakes, but fortunately, many of the most common issues can be easily identified and addressed. After all, knowing is half the battle.
Whether exchanging opinions and ideas with colleagues, employees, clients or contractors, an effective communication strategy is vital to business success.
Here are 10 common mistakes you should weed out of your communications ASAP:
1. You hide bad news.
It is human nature to avoid conflict, and while it might be easier to leave negative feedback unspoken, avoiding it will lead to greater problems in the future.
Instead of trying to sweep bad news under the rug, prepare for difficult conversations in advance. Decide what to say and present your ideas as clear, actionable feedback. If it is a criticism or coaching opportunity you are uncomfortable with, you may find it helpful to role-play the conversation first.
2. You burn your bridges.
Emotion drives even the most professional communicators from time-to-time.
When something seriously goes awry, it can be tempting to cut and run. Ending a business relationship
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