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4 Tips for Communicating Effectively with your Boss

Good communication is characterized by the ability of a person to listen to what the other person is trying to say, and to express one’s feelings without having to resort to using words that are associated with negative meanings, or to let emotions get in the way of a conversation; especially when communicating effectively with your boss.

Good communication is something that is required in most situations. In the workplace, for example, good communication skills come in handy when you need to sit down for a talk with your superior.

The thought may be overwhelming and frightening to some, but all these feelings can be pushed aside with these tips in mind:

Develop a good professional relationship with your supervisor
Nothing can establish good communication between two people better than being comfortable with the idea of communicating with each other. Be friends with your boss but not to the point of being unprofessional. In time, you will get a feel of how to communicate with your boss through this method. Always be polite and remember that he is still your boss. Just because you can talk about anything under the sun all day does not mean you don’t have to perform well anymore. Build trust and the rest will follow.

Improve your non-verbal communication skills
Body language, gestures and facial expressions are some of the non-verbal skills that can also reflect the message you want to convey to your boss. Maintain good posture, be confident and face your boss with a smile come meeting time.

Be honest but not brutally frank
There’s a thin line between the two. Just so you could safeguard your reputation in the office, it is best to be honest but not too much because anything you say can eventually be used against you. Learn to keep your thoughts to yourself especially when the things you have in mind doesn’t speak well of the company.

There are ways to express negative opinions without coming across as complaining or insulting the company or a person. Tweak your thoughts so that it comes out as a suggestion or recommendation, not an insult or a derogatory remark.

Provide accurate information all the time
Always tell the truth to your boss, be it about the progress reports or about what you think should be improved in the system in a nice manner. Bosses are not there to “boss” around, but rather, to lead and to represent your team to management.

They sometimes report to the higher-ups about the performance of your team and department, and surely you wouldn’t want to break your boss’s trust by giving him wrong information and reports. This in turn also helps your boss in communicating with other people in your company.

Communicating is a skill, and if you know how to use it well especially in the workplace, you might just reap the rewards for a better career. Whether you are planning to schedule a meeting to negotiate for a salary raise or to simply have a one-on-one performance evaluation and goal setting appointment, knowing the basics of good communication is already a step into the right direction.

Guest post contributed by Justin Epley for Progressive Personnel. Justin is a careers adviser and freelance writer. His articles mainly appear on career advancement blogs.

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