Anyone can send out a message—but can you move or motivate people?
Tip-top communicators deliver so much more than content or company news. They shape cultures and uplift colleagues. They influence important corporate discussions and enliven dreary workplaces. Great communicators are simply irreplaceable.
Here’s what the best, brightest and most beloved communicators tend to do—and you can, too.
They unlock and unleash the power of gratitude. If you tend to mope, wallow or complain, you could be putting your career—and your health—in serious jeopardy. Especially with Thanksgiving approaching, consider these science-backed ways that “giving thanks can transform your life”:
- Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.
- Gratitude improves physical health.
- Gratitude improves psychological health.
- Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
- Grateful people sleep better.
- Gratitude improves self-esteem.
- Gratitude increases mental strength.
Can you imagine unleashing all that power—just from a simple attitude adjustment? Even if it’s just jotting down one thing you’re thankful for each morning, get intentional about viewing gratitude as part of your workplace arsenal. It’s something anyone can do.
They consistently foster emotion, energy and engagement. Is your corporate voice as lively and appealing as a dead fish? Would your colleagues describe you as a complaining, draining “energy vampire”?
Indispensable communicators have a dauntless, relentless pep in their step. Not in an annoying, Ned Flanders way, but a palpable energy that exudes hope, care and genuine warmth.
Even amid grim circumstances, great communicators have a knack for conveying, “You know what, this place ain’t paradise. But you are worthwhile. Your work is worthwhile. We are in this together, so let’s be the best damn versions of ourselves we can possibly be.”
This sort of positive energy and emotion tends to be contagious.
They honor, empower and educate instead of just inform. Do you feel like an anonymous conveyor belt of information?
Anyone can write a blog post or announce the new company benefits. Rising above “order-taker” status, however, requires adding an emotional component to your strategy. Irreplaceable communicators invest in their colleagues. They challenge them to improve, and they offer practical tools, resources and ways to do so.
If you view your job as solely being a messaging mouthpiece or data dispenser, you might not rise as high as you’d like in your career.
Over to you, communicators. What traits do you see in the cream of the comms crop?