Is self-communication the key to workplace success?22 Jul 2015
There’ll be a voice in your head as you read this. That person is the only one you liaise with and listen to 24 hours per day, every single day of the year. That person is you.
Communicating effectively is often centred on the actions of others. However, it’s just as important to be in tune with your internal monologue. Self-communication can directly influence your actions.
In the workplace, how you perceive your own opinion can be crucial when making any kind of decision.
“Self-communication is solely responsible for one’s level of self-esteem and self-confidence, which may be the sole determining factor for success in all of our endeavours,” explained communications expert Skip Weisman in an interview with Business Insider Australia.
So, how else can effective self-communication and awareness boost workplace performance?
Become a better listener
Any kind of assessment of yourself makes it easier to understand others. Consequently, if you learn to listen to yourself you’ll find it easier to appreciate and contextualise the opinions of your peers.
It is self-awareness that helps us understand the frame of reference of those we work with, according to Psychology Today.
Keeping that mantra in mind can help you make better decisions and improve your overall communication skills at the same time.
Boost the opinions of others
An increase in self-communication skills will quickly be noticed by your peers. It’s human nature to develop certain expectations of people based on their actions, as noted by Scott Mclean’s book, Business Communication for Success.
In short, the opinions peers have of you will be similar to your own. Consequently, self-awareness – and self-esteem – are crucial in today’s workplace. Having an understanding of them will help you build a better opinion of yourself, which will then be mirrored by your colleagues.
Self-communication is a key tool across the decision making process and in general workplace behaviour. It can be a significant step on the path to success once it’s been mastered.