Infographic: How to communicate better at work

Here’s a guide to working with and winning over colleagues, bosses and audiences.

“You’ve got to be able to communicate in life. It’s enormously important. If you can’t communicate and talk to other people and get across your ideas, you’re giving up your potential,” Warren Buffett once said.

He’s right.

If you can’t get co-workers behind your ideas, bosses to see your perspective or audiences to understand why your product is better than your competitors’, you won’t get far.

An infographic from Davitt Corporate Psychology shares tips for communicating better in the workplace, and lists the great communicators who originated them. Here are some of the tips and the well-known leaders who implemented them:

Be positive: Nelson Mandela proved that likability builds support. If you disagree with a colleague, don’t shoot down his or her ideas. Frame your disagreement as a question to get your co-worker to come around to your opinion.

Be transparent: Dick Costolo, Twitter’s CEO, says, “The way you build trust with your people is by being forthright and clear with them from day one.”

Be sincere: Winston Churchill always spoke honestly, and his audiences’ trust in his bulldog sincerity helped him become one of the great influential war leaders of the 20th century.

There are more tips in the infographic below:

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