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Effective Conversations: A list of reminders to communicate like a leader

Recruiters have made it clear that communication skills are essential in any field of work. Besides that, if you think about it, there are so many other valuable soft skills that require you to be a strong communicator, such as: persuasion, public speaking, negotiation, storytelling, etc.

Additionally, it has been proven that good communicators are better listeners than most! It’s safe to say these are essential skills for any team to be successful.

“But what if I’m not a people person?” That ‘s okay! No one’s born knowing everything. Thankfully, communication skills can and should be practiced, even if you think yours can’t get any better.

Check these 5 reminders that’ll help you communicate more effectively.

Showing emotion isn’t unprofessional

Everyone wants to “look good”. More often than not, the fear of showing an over-the-top reaction will get in the way of our listening and speaking. Keep in mind that it’s deflating to be around someone who is impossible to impress. Be excited for a co-worker’s achievements and congratulate your team on their success, you’re not being “soft”, you’re being kind.

Not a competition

Another way of killing the joy in any conversation. If someone is talking to you about how excited they are for their next trip to France, telling them “I’ve gone there 4 times and it’s not that great” is not the right thing to say, try to recommend places to visit instead. Making others feel inferior will lead to a failed conversation.

It’s ok to be wrong

The need to be right may emerge from a fear of being disrespected. Or it can come from the fear of being seen as we truly are – imperfect human beings who are flawed and full of inconsistencies and contradictions. Being right does not make you better than anyone else and insisting on it will show off your insecurities.

Let others speak

Interrupting people is one of the most common mistakes to make in conversations and yet, it’s the most overlooked. Be self aware enough to recognize if you do this often in order to “catch yourself” in future conversations.

Don’t assume bad intent

If someone disagrees with you in a conversation that doesn’t mean they’re attacking you and your perspective. Unless they’re disrespectful towards you, avoid being defensive over your argument, it’ll make you seem less secure in your answers and point of view.

 

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5 Skills You Develop During an Internship Abroad

Sometimes we come to a point where we have this vague feeling, an inscrutable desire out of the blue to change something in our life. Considering that a change does not happen in a narrow classroom or by analyzing a most astonishing theory but takes place throughout life and by taking a step out of your “comfort zone” into an exciting and open world.

 

An internship abroad combines an exciting opportunity to brighten your own horizon with the useful “side-effect” of actively collecting experience.

 

1. Gaining Work Experience

First and foremost, working abroad helps you to develop the own skills and the ability to use it in a practical context within challenging your potential. And a solid work experience also makes you a much more attractive to employers in nowaday’s high competitive job market.

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2. Developing Multicultural Understanding

Cultural immersion is a significant aspect of living abroad. Since the world has become an interconnected “global village”, it is important to gain basic understanding of business practices associated with different cultural norms and values.

3. Finding a Direction

Often, people start with a job or a study impulsively, because they have heard somewhere from someone how great it was. But after a month “down the road” they get bored and ask themselves what on Earth they are doing here. By having the opportunity to ask and have your questions answered during an internship by industry professionals, you will  be able to get a better insight into whether a filed is right for you or not.

4. Connecting with the Global World

Networking is one of the most popular ways of finding and also getting a job. By building new contacts worldwide through internships in various fields, you are able to create a wider and global working environment for yourself.

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5. Personal Growth

Moving away from the cozy and familiar environment to challenge your abilities and beliefs in a totally new surrounding is necessary to develop not just your professional skills, but also create environment for personal growth.

Even if the experience abroad is not be a perfect match for your future career path, take it – the career insight you will gain, and the space and challenges you will undergo (which will shape you as a person and a worker) are unmatched by any other experience.

Author: Anna Smekal