|I’m concerned that I’m not effective enough when dealing with my supervisor or my co-workers.|
|After I’ve had a conversation with someone, I sometimes worry if I’ve said anything that could be construed as offensive.|
|I am frequently in a position of trying to counteract a bad impression I believe I’ve made.|
|I rarely worry about being considered by others as misinformed or ignorant on things.|
|When I’m in social situations, I’m not concerned about following rules of etiquette or being self-conscious.|
|I tend to fret that others may think I don’t know what I’m doing.|
|I fear that others may not see me as adequately disciplined.|
|I usually wonder whether my co-workers think that I’m not putting enough time and energy into my job.|
|I avoid criticizing someone else’s judgment for fear of appearing in the wrong.|
|I tend to worry that others will laugh at my ideas.|
There are no right and wrong answers to this questionnaire. It is a tool to give you an idea about how you feel about your communication skills. Throughout the course, we will present techniques and tools to help you be a stronger communicator.
When it comes to communicating, we can be hampered by our own fears of failure or embarrassment not necessarily because we lack expertise in communication, but because we lack confidence in ourselves.
In order to get better at communicating, there are a few things that we can do to develop confidence.
Fake it until you make it.
Be confident, even if you aren’t. Don’t fabricate the truth to cover what you don’t know, but act braver than you feel. Your brain won’t know the difference, and after a while you will find yourself feeling braver.
Be well prepared.
If you are speaking to someone, fear of embarrassing yourself might make you stumble. Make sure you have all the facts, figures, and details that you need.
Learn how to relax.
Whether you are going into a conversation or presenting at a meeting, learn how to relax so that you can enjoy what you are doing. Visualization techniques, deep breathing, practicing your material, and a good brisk walk can all help us unwind.
If you want to develop credibility among your peers, they must be able to trust you. Make sure that your non-verbal messages (your body language) support what you are saying, and that your face and voice match your messages. Saying, “It’s nice to meet you,” with your eyes downcast, a slumped body posture, and depressed vocal tone will not make anyone feel welcome.