Communication on a personal level can be just as difficult to excel as communication on an organizational level. Funneling the static mess of thoughts in your head through multiple filters, aiming for a succinct meaningful message and the right body language, all while trying to make it pitch perfect can be like aiming for a moving dartboard...blind folded. For some time, I’d become frustrated at how exhausting it was for me.
As a business consultant, my work involves helping businesses assess and solve problems, to put it simply. Broadly speaking, I find effective solutions for them to redefine their status quo. To do this successfully, consultants have their unique set of tools to challenge and guide businesses. These include steering businesses to be introspective in order to perform an accurate current state assessment, to gain focus and continually refocus on a vision, and to implement incremental, strategic changes in order to break the bad habits that are preventing them from reaching their goals.
Honing your communication and soft skills is not easy to do. Oftentimes the average employee figures out what works for them and sticks to it due to habit, time constraint or maybe simply because they don't see the need to change. I find myself having to intentionally set aside small pockets of time away from new projects and clients in order to even think about what I need to improve, let alone going about actually improving those things.
Finding an extra 30 minutes in the day can be difficult enough to do. So, finding an extra 3-4 hours a week to voluntarily give away... why even consider it? With the ever-increasing social demand to work over 40 hours a week while dedicating enough time for your family and health, it's easy to see why volunteering becomes a low priority. There's just not enough time in the day for it.