Good leaders are also good communicators.
Great leaders are badasses at business communication.
The quickest way to become a badass at business communication yourself? Ask for what you need and do what you say.
It doesn’t matter what the “ask” is. Be specific and make sure it’s what you really want/need. For example, don’t ask for a 5 minute conversation if you know it’s going to take 15. Don’t invite someone out to coffee under the guise of “getting to know them” when you’re actually planning to deliver a sales pitch. Don’t say that you’ll be happy getting “a raise” when you when really wanted a 20% increase.
There’s still no guarantee you’ll get exactly what you want, but when you’re specific with your ask – and the real ask is made – you’re building relationships and becoming at badass at business communication.
Jen Mueller is the author of The Influential Conversationalist and a badass at business communication. Her approach to one-on-one conversations in business is based on nearly 20 years as a sports broadcaster. Jen currently serves as the Seattle Seahawks radio sideline reporter and is a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team on ROOT Sports. Hire Jen to speak at your next conference or event: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com