That is fully concentrating on what is being said rather than just ‘hearing’ the message of the speaker. Active listening involves listening with all senses. As well as giving full attention to the speaker, it is important that the ‘active listener’ is also ‘seen’ to be listening - otherwise the speaker may conclude that what they are talking about is uninteresting to the listener.
It’s important to remember the audience that you’re speaking to, and use language that can be easily understood. Avoid using medical terminology or jargon when speaking to clients and their families. People are often intimidated by such language, and can be afraid to admit that they don’t understand the message being delivered.
Remember that feedback was part of the communication chain we looked at on the first page. While the feedback that you give the speaker/sender may occasionally be negative, it is important that it be constructive in nature. The intent of the feedback should be to further the abilities of the speaker. This will strengthen the interpersonal relationship, and enhance future communications.
Organizing your schedule and the tasks you need to complete is an important first step towards moving forward. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re taking on more responsibility outside of your classes, therefore, being prepared proves to be extremely beneficial.
The contacts you are making now will ensure your career will thrive. Great opportunities come your way when you continuously cultivate the relationships within your network. It really is a small world, and you never know who you may end up working with.
The way you dress, behave and carry yourself as a person can make a lasting first impression. A well thought-out intro can establish you as a credible and knowledgeable business person, while a lackluster introduction can raise doubts about your professionalism.
Networking takes time, so any business goal that needs to be met within 3 months through networking is usually unrealistic. Great opportunities come your way when you continuously cultivate the relationships within your network.
You don’t target a company – you target a person. Go narrow and deep (and also wide and broad), and find out who makes the decisions at the companies / communities you are targeting. One of the main components of the triumph is networking and taking advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.
“Strategic Contacts” are contacts who can provide introductions to your targets. Remember, online social networking may capture the lion’s share of attention nowadays, but the strongest bonds among people are still based on relationships established in the offline, physical world.