2 Key Reasons Why Employers Seek Stellar Communication Skills
Published on 10.14.2020
But before we talk about the reasons why employers value strong communication skills, lets uncover and dispel some of the myths surrounding communication.
The reasons why parents might not view communication skills as necessary for their child range from:
- Assuming that expression and communication are the same thing. As experts in communication, we know that they’re not the same. Just because your child knows how express their needs does not mean that they know how to communicate their ideas or viewpoints.
- Assuming that so-called “soft-skills” are easier to grasp, and therefore unnecessary to learn. While your child will learn communication skills at home and in school, to truly stand-out, they will need more than the basics. Think about it, if they’re just learning what everyone else is learning, than what makes them unique?
- Assuming that there are other skills that are more “necessary” (think of STEM). As we mention in a previous article, advancements in technology present a huge challenge to the skills learned in STEM. Ironically, students will benefit more from learning “soft-skills” like communication in order to secure their future.
So, as you can see, some of the myths around communication skills lead to ignoring the significance of communication skills. In fact, as we mentioned before, employers often see a lack of proficiency in this area.
But why do employers care so much about communication?
#1: Employees with Good Communication Skills Often Show Leadership Skills
Employees with stellar communication skills often display strong leadership skills. That’s because leadership requires: creativity, the ability to collaborate with others, and being able to express yourself and support a position or viewpoint while being open to diverse views.
So, while as you encourage your child to pursue leadership positions in different extracurricular activities, keep in mind that one of the best way for them build their leadership skills is by cultivating their communication skills.
#2 Employees with Good Communication Skills Collaborate Better
Many researchers have found that individuals with good communication skills have the ability to empathize with others. As Dr. Brene Brown in her book Dare to Lead and the philosopher Dr. Roman Krnaric (a top researcher in empathy studies) in is book Empathy argues, empathy glues together different people since the job of a leader is to make others feel seen, heard, and appreciated. Empathy also helps a leader learn to value other people’s perspectives.
Fostering communication skills can help your child’s ability empathize by encouraging your child to see another person’s perspective. Part of being a good communicator requires you to consider the ways in which another person may respond to what you have to say and what barriers or biases they may have to accepting your message.
So, by teaching good communication skills, you’re also encouraging your child to learn other skills that come with good communication.
What You Can Do To Help Your Child Gain Communication Skills?
At Winning Feathers, we offer public speaking and interpersonal communication courses. Our public speaking classes are classes geared toward helping students cultivate their ability to engage small and larger audiences. The interpersonal communication classes, on the other hand, are centered on the nuances in engaging in direct conversation with others. This latter category of classes offers children the opportunity to understand negotiations and things like active listening skills in conversation.
Enrolling your child in communication classes is investing in their future. Invest now while you still have a chance!.
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