Communication Skills and Professional Presence
by Kathleen Brady,
Brady and Associates Career Planners, LLC
Competence is inferred by the way we speak about what we know. Inferences about peoples’ abilities are based on their communication styles. People are judged not only by the words they choose to articulate a thought, but also by the tone and body language used during the delivery. It is important to be mindful of the images you project, not so as to live up to the expectations of others, but to ensure that any inferences made about you accurately reflect who you are. To do so, you must develop effective communication skills. This is not to suggest that form is more important than substance. However, you never want your “form” to impede your ability communicate effectively. To ensure your body always supports your message consider the following tips.