“Why didn’t you ask me?”
“How come no one wanted my opinion?”
Have you ever found yourself asking those questions? Wondering why colleagues didn’t seek you out for ideas, feedback, advice, opinions or insights?
If so, then here’s the real question you need to answer: “What would lead them to believe you have ideas, feedback, advice, opinions or insights?”
Be willing to talk to colleagues before it counts. Build relationships using small talk because that’s how colleagues get to know who you are as a person and the type of insights you can provide. Don’t get upset when no one randomly walks up to your desk to ask for an opinion. (P.S. do you randomly walk up to people you don’t know well and ask for their opinion? I didn’t think so.)
Increase your influence and your contributions at work by initiating conversations before they count.
Jen Mueller is a badass at business communication not to mention a speaker, author and sports broadcaster. She knows that talent and skills aren’t enough to get you where you want to go in your career. You need good one-on-one communication skills, which is why she’s written the book on how to do that. Purchase The Influential Conversationalist on Amazon.
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