Here are a few pointers when choosing your method:
- Determine what’s the best line of communication and how to express yourself. Depending on the individual or audience, the method that you’re using may or may not be applicable to that audience.
- Be sure that your message is clear and precise. People have a tendency to read off a piece of paper, monitor or some other source of literature producer, and not take notice to the people receiving the message. Be sure to put emphasis on vital information. Also, ask the question, “Does everyone understand?” Offer your time to speak privately with those that may be too shy or embarrassed to say they do not understand a certain matter.
- Stick to the facts. When being too wordy or opinionative, the facts that you stated are sometimes forgotten. Being blunt, yet thorough and most importantly professional has been a very successful method in the line of communication.
- Lastly, this applies to the listeners. Don’t just hear the message, listen! Paying attention to the message is the key line of communication. In many instances, this is the difference between injury and injury free. Most importantly, it could easily be the difference between life and death.