It's better to listen more than you talk—especially when you're speaking with a boss who has power over you and your career. That said, some people take it too far and don't speak up and share valuable ideas or information. Here's how to strike the right
- It can be hard to get the balance right…of when to listen and when to speak at work.…You don't want to be the office blow-hard,…commenting on anything and everything…just to hear yourself talk.…But you also don't want to be the wallflower,…so quiet no one's even sure what you do…or why you're there.…So how can you tell what's the right move when?…Here's some ways to think about it.…A great time to listen is when you don't know…the context of a situation.…Let's say you're new at your job…or you've just joined a project team…that's been together for a while.…
They have a shared history and they know…what's been tried before and what worked and what didn't.…There are also likely complex dynamics…you're not aware of between people on the team…or between different departments.…If you come in with all the answers,…you're likely to get knocked down fast…because you don't understand the background.…In that situation, sit back and listen…so you can have the knowledge to speak…authoritatively later on.…Another good time to listen is when you don't have…
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- Communicating with your colleagues
- When to use the phone or send an email
- Interpreting nonverbal cues
- Asking your boss the right questions
- Knowing when to listen and when to speak
- Communicating in tricky situations
- Handling an interruption
- Responding to critical feedback
- How to communicate as an introvert