New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Communication Skills

January 16, 2019

This article was originally published on barbarapachtersblog.com.

It’s that time of year again – the time to make New Year’s resolutions. But instead of just going the traditional route – pledging to join a gym to work off holiday excesses – why not opt to give your career a boost as well? Resolve to improve your communication skills.

Yes, you read that last sentence correctly! How you communicate with others—whether in person, in writing, or online—has a tremendous impact on your career. It affects every aspect of your working life, no matter how good your specialized skills are in your particular field.

For the coming year, make these communication resolutions to enhance your career:

1. Resolve to keep your phone off the table when meeting with someone. Having your phone visible tells the other person, “I am so ready to drop you and connect with someone else.” It’s important to give people your full attention.

2. Take a presentation skills class. Work on becoming a better presenter. You need to get your point across. And if you do so effectively, not only does your audience gain information, but you look good.

About the Author
Barbara Pachter
Barbara Pachter is an internationally-renowned business etiquette and communications speaker, coach and author of 11 books. She has delivered more than 2500 seminars throughout the world including the first-ever seminar for businesswomen in Kuwait. Pachter is also adjunct faculty in the School of Business at Rutgers University and Coadjutant Lecturer in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. Her latest book, The Communication Clinic: 99 Proven Cures for the Most Common Business Mistakes, was published in December, 2016 (McGraw Hill). Pachter's client list boasts many of today's most notable organizations, including Bayer, Campbell Soup, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Chrysler, Cleveland Clinic, Microsoft, Novartis, Pfizer, and Wawa. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan. Pachter is a former ESL teacher.

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