I Got It! #28 Want To Improve Your Communication Skills and Your Job?

In a recent survey of recruiters from companies with more than 50,000 employees, communication skills were cited as the single more important decisive factor in choosing managers. Communication skills, including written and oral presentations, as well as an ability to work with others, are the main factor contributing to job success.Source: www.mindtools.com/CommSKLL/CommunicationsIntro.htm
Before you start working longer hours and improve your technical skills your first step to getting ahead at your job should be an assessment of your communication skills. Do people frequently misunderstand you? Are you easily frustrated by others? Do you talk more than listen?
People often say that communication skills are soft skills. I disagree. Communication skills are essential. Think about a successful leader you know. My bet is he or she is a good listener, is able to get along with most people and works collaboratively with others.