Today’s question for EventPlanning BlueprintTV comes from a long time viewer, Sarah, who has been struggling to sell her event services and develop the communication skills she knows she needs to run her event planning business.
Here’s Sarah’s scenario…
She started her business a year ago and has a few regular event clients, but she’s lost her mojo and is struggling to communicate effectively with her clients and prospective clients.
Sarah says, “Melanie, how do I improve my communication skills so I can continue to book new event clients and grow my business? I’ve got the event skills and have been planning events for years, but I want to be on top of my game and be authentic, and that’s just not happening? Please help!”
No matter what the situation is everyone wants to be heard, right?
But that isn’t always easy, and depending on your existing communication skills and habits, it can be downright frustrating to actually hear what the other person is trying to say, to get your point across or to diffuse a heated situation.
Key To Improve Your Communication Skills
The key to improve your communication skills is to make the other person feel like they matter!
So how do you do that?
In today’s video, I share 3 quick and easy tips to improve your communication skills in one conversation, but here are a few extra special bonus tips to help you:
- Enthusiasm and confidence go a long way so go ahead and toot your own horn.
- Be clear and specific with what you want (or don’t want!).
- Be yourself. People gravitate to those who are authentic, and it’s so much easier to be you.
- Say please and thank you. I’m not sure about you but this was drilled into my upbringing and I’m so thankful for it (see what I did there? ;-)). Politeness goes a long way when communicating and acknowledging others.
Now, go ahead and watch the video and then leave your comments below…
I’d love to hear from you.
In the comments below, let me know what your worst listening habit is. Do you interrupt, get a glazed over look when people are talking or do you plan out the conversation in your head before it’s actually happened, and let me know how you’re improving your communication skills. I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks for joining me each week and for sharing your comments.
P.S. If you know another event planner who wants to improve her communication skills, please send her this video. It might be just what she needs to have a powerful conversation.