easybuttonStaples has the Easy Button. Mardi Gras has the Big Easy, and my daughter has her Easy-Bake Oven. What do you have? We have some very smart followers of the (thought)wide blog series, and they shared a great deal of feedback on our recent blog 12 Revolutionizing Communication Resolutions for 2012 and they asked us – “Is there an EASY way that I can make MY communications better?”  Which got me to thinking – Is there an E.A.S.Y. way to better communications?  And the answer is YES – and here are my four E.A.S.Y. steps that can help you to make YOUR communication E.A.S.Y.!

 

 

E – Establish a simple and easy-to-understand statement
A – Ask questions, seek feedback right away, and be open to answering questions
S – Set aside time to have direct communication with team members via a face-to-face meeting or conference call to discuss new and important messages.
Y – Yahoo!  Effective communication includes more than to do’s and to don’ts….it includes celebrating the good stuff – and what is in it for the team member - in public!

E – Establish a simple and easy-to-understand statement
Write with your team in mind. Use words and phrases that are familiar and used among your team on a regular basis. Eliminate any unnecessary words or terminology and boil it down to the most basic information. The simplest of sentences can be the most attention grabbing. Go! Fight! Win!

A – Ask questions, seek feedback right away, and be open to answering questions
Once your team has had the opportunity to read or listen to your message, ask them to repeat them back to you in their own words while you check for understanding. Ask them if there are words or phrases that are unclear. Seek your team’s feedback on how they would refine your message.

S – Set aside time to have direct communication with team members via a face-to-face meeting or conference call about important new messages
Don’t get lost in the shuffle of the To-Do List and deadlines. Ask your team to set aside time to review new goals and objectives with you. If you keep the time focused and productive, you will see a return on your investment of time and resources.

Y – Yahoo!  Effective communication includes more than to do’s and to don’ts….it includes celebrating the good stuff – and what is in it for the team member - in public!
Everyone loves a party and everyone loves it more when they are reason for the party. As milestones, goals and objectives are met, take time to recognize those who made it possible. Be specific about their contribution. Take the opportunity to show your team members how this is not only helping your team as a whole, but how it is also helping each individual team member.

You may not get to the Big Easy this year, enjoy slightly burnt “treats” from your daughter’s Easy-Bake Oven or have a hidden Red Easy Button, but communicating can be “E.A.S.Y.” if you follow these four simple (thought I’d say “easy” again didn’t ya?) steps!

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