The Top 10 Communication Lessons An Entrepreneur Can Learn

from Forbes

Every successful business leader needs to know how to communicate effectively. Both written and verbal communication skills are crucial if you want to build and maintain strong relationships with your employees, customers and partners.

These essential communications insights are often learned throughout an entrepreneur’s journey, and sometimes they can come to you through unexpected career situations. That’s why we asked the members of Young Entrepreneur Council to share the best communication lessons they’ve learned during their careers so far. Here are their top 10 lessons and why each was so impactful.

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  1. Almost every profession, if not all professions, can benefit from being skilled in the art of communication. From teachers and politicians to financial managers and lawyers, communication is essential to the success of the company, individual, and the consumers they interact with. An individual who may benefit even more than these listed professions is the entrepreneur. So far in my collegiate career, I have taken two communications courses that have taught me to speak effectively and persuasively. However, these courses were very generalized. While there are lessons I learned that I will try to implement whenever I communicate, there are many specific skills within communication that I am both unaware of and yet to master. This Forbes article has given me some insight into some of these specific skills and uses of communication that I may have to utilize somewhere in my future business career.

    One of the most important pieces of advice presented in the article is to build connections through vulnerability and authenticity. The power of connections in the business world is something that I believe many people underestimate. There are many family members, mentors, or role models who received their “big breaks” because they were able to connect to the right person at the right time. Whether it was at a networking luncheon, on the train or bus, or a time during their occupation or education, they were able to build a relationship with someone who ended up benefiting them in the end. As I attend networking and mentoring events, a lot of people give the advice to be genuine when trying to form connections. Most people can see when you are trying to convince someone that you are someone you are not. I have found that the most meaningful professional connections I have made have come from me opening up about my life experiences, passions, or desires. Oftentimes, people just want to know who you are and not who you want them to think you are. When entrepreneurs operate, they have to sell themselves and their service/product to investors and consumers. The best way to accomplish this successfully is to be authentic and vulnerable. Taking criticism and humbling yourself at the advice of others is sometimes the best way to learn.

    Another piece of advice that stood out to me was something that I already try to do in both my personal and professional lives. Overcommunication is not often regarded as a skill but sometimes considered a fault. However, as mentioned in the article, no one will ever complain about being too informed or having too much information on something important. When I first started college, I was sometimes hesitant to reach out to my professors or advisors because there was a generalization in my head about college professors being unavailable and disinterested in their students. One of my professors at the community college I attended changed this stigma, however, as we emphasized the importance of communicating with him. He was always willing to help students through deliverables, even past their due dates, as long as the students communicated their needs or concerns ahead of time. Furthermore, when I worked at a grocery store, my managers never complained or got annoyed with me when I communicated everything I needed to say to them, regardless of how small or minute it was. They appreciated that I was making an effort to communicate with them and to ensure the success of the company. I’ve come to learn that over-communication is only bad when the information you are providing is irrelevant, ambiguous, or unnecessary.

  2. Upon reading the assigned article which spoke to many attributes of a great entrepreneur, the skillset that resonated with me the most was communication. I believe that strong communication skills play a vital role in today’s world of business. In all careers having a strong communication skill is essential for all employees as well as employers. Many of these skills can be acquired through due diligence and hard work. For all entrepreneurs, it is vital that these communication skills are harnessed and perfected as though the job description requires that these people interact with a lot of people daily. The reason being that entrepreneurs must be able to lead an organization to success, and without being able to clearly define what visions they have for the company the overall prosperity will diminish.
    It is therefore important that all entrepreneurs have strong communication skills, as this will ensure that they will be able to achieve the mission they set out to accomplish. To better understand what these skills are and how they can be useful in business I will discuss the ways that they can be implemented to be the most effective. The ability to achieve complete transparency when doing business, is great for building a strong relationship with employees, investors, and potential customers. Through transparency people will be able to build trust from knowing that they are not being deceived and that the company they are choosing to engage with has integrity. The overarching benefits that integrity brings goes great lengths especially when entrepreneurs are communicating with investors. This way, the investors or clients that do decide that it is in their best interest to do business with the company can be assured that their decision is backed by factual information. As an entrepreneur having the leadership role comes with great responsibility, so it is always crucial to state specifically what you need done even if that means reiterating information to employees and clients, this way it can mitigates any wrong conclusions that might be formed.
    In order to be an effective communicator, it is important to take into consideration the way in which you communicate. It is widely known that a great deal of communication comes not in the form of the words that are being spoken but in the way in which it is said, tone, enunciation, body language etc. Within this context, it is very important for entrepreneurs to make direct eye contact with clients when communicating with them. This gesture of communication speaks a lot about the person that is talking and the listener, because it shows a level on confidence, immediately the employee, stakeholder client, customer can get the sense that whatever message you are conveying to them is honest and truthful and that you are in fact serious about what you are telling them. Additionally, this shows a sense of respect to the other party time and reaffirms them that you have a substantial level of competence in your field of specialty. This is one of the skills that really stood out to me, because I have learned in my personal life that when looking someone in the eye it confirms that you are actively paying attention to what they are saying. This is a skill that I found to be the most overlooked in life because it is not as common of a communication skill as writing and speaking. However, I found this skill to be the most rewarding over my years of communicating with people.
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    I personally have experienced complications in my life that could have easily been avoided due to a lack of communication either by me or someone else that I meet. Many issues that I have faced all began from being simply misunderstood, not being able to convey my message clear and concise to get my point across which really taught me many lessons. Effective communication does not begin as an entrepreneur, but it begins in school, work, life at home, talking with friends, or even sending an email. Although many of us do not possess strong communication skills it was said by one of the most successful businessmen in America Warren Buffet that, “ developing a strong communication skillset can help to increase someone overall value by at least 50 percent.” Having this crucial skill can help many up and coming entrepreneurs in becoming the best version of themselves.

  3. Communication is an essential skill for any profession, especially for business, and even more especially for an individual or group of people who are starting a business. Both written and verbal communication are incredibly important; without proper practice and understanding of these skills, the potentiality of problems arising drastically increases. All of the skills listed in this article are important, and I have had to develop these skills throughout my life so that I could communicate effectively.

    Transparency builds trust; hiding information and being secretive will only build a negative reputation. The actions one must take to be transparent are quite simple; all that must be done is to provide people with necessary information, welcome questions concerning the information, and provide the best possible answer and/or explanation for the questions asked. Vulnerability and authenticity also builds trust. These characteristics further connect one to their team. By exemplifying these characteristics, the individual shows others that they are in the same situation and they too are trying to work out resolutions for problems within their environment.

    Looking someone in the eye while talking to them is incredibly important. When I talk to others, I look into their eyes to let them know I am listening, I am understanding what they are saying, and that my response to them is genuine. Assuming can be detrimental to the communication process. Do not assume, or it will make an ass out of you and me. Listening first, then responding is one of the most important lessons from this article. I would even go as far as to say that listening itself is more important than speaking. If you listen, you make sure that all information is processed and understood. It is further insurance that tasks that need to be completed will be done properly.

    Being direct and asking for what you want was a skill that I needed to work on, and I still need to work on more today. I tend to go with the flow and take things as they come. Currently, I am working on this skill by asking for help when I need it rather than simply suffer in silence. I never asked my teachers or my parents for help during public education; I am only getting into the practice now as I go through college. Now that I am asking for help when I need it more often, I am finding many things to be easier to overcome than if I had stuck to my way of trying to do everything on my own. When I ask for help, I at least do not struggle with being ambiguous. I am very specific with what I need help with and I can articulate myself well enough to help another person understand the problem or problems that I have. Improvements in my ability to communicate has helped me greatly throughout my life and I am continuing to improve my abilities whenever I can. These communication skills provided in the article were very insightful for whoever needs assistance in finding out what ways they can improve their communication abilities.

  4. The article provides 10 lessons that will help us to be the perfect entrepreneur. Those lessons, however, can be used during our lives whenever we are building relationship or when we are achieving tasks. The first lesson states that as an entrepreneur has be transparent in order to build trust with internal and external stakeholders. This lesson is likely to be compared to be transparent when we are relating ourselves to our professors or parents to achieve a full trust. The second lesson is to build connections through vulnerability and authenticity. Whenever an entrepreneur is vulnerable, it creates the best connections, and I have noticed it from my father whenever he connects to someone else. The third lesson is “When in doubt, overcommunicate”, which we have learned from the first day of school, since whenever we have a problem, we must communicate to someone our problems to solve them. The fourth lesson is the most important on my opinion, since my father had taught it to me since I was eleven. We must look into other party’s eyes to see if it is telling the truth. As looking, listening is one of the hardest skills to communicate well, since listening other people brings a better communication. Another part of communication is feedback which provides how your message has been decoded, and it leads further decision to be better. While communicating, an entrepreneur must be positive on the next future, since setting wrong and negative expectations would bring a dark future for the company. As an entrepreneur, communication has to be direct, since employees must receive the message clearly and an entrepreneur must be clear on what he wants. The ninth lesson is the second most important lesson on my opinion since compromises are inside our lives every day. Compromises must be made in order to have a successful life. The last lesson is something that I have never experienced, and I think that I will work on it since I want to be an entrepreneur. I have the right mindset to be a successful one as I have been following up my father’s career which has achieved everything he could achieve.

  5. Communication is the key to be successful in many things these days. This article provides helpful insights on how to communicate in order to be a perfect entrepreneur. When it comes to jobs and achieving success in tasks, or even as simple as a friendship or a relationship, communicating and making sure that you are always speaking up is very important. The first important step that the article mentions is transparency. In order to build trust and be able to communicate effectively, you must have transparency. If there is no transparency than there is sneaking around and hiding things from the people involved which only causes more problems. You must be able to share the information that you have in order for things to run smoothly, which relates back to transparency. In my opinion relationships and the way that you bond with your team is the things that should be mostly focused on. If you have a negative relationship with your team then you will cause for a negative reputation to start forming which is negative for the corporation.
    When reading this article, it reminded me of things that have to be done during an interview. Such as eye contact and being blunt with what you are saying. If you are looking at someone directly you are making it known that you are taking in everything that they are saying and that you are comprehending. Personally, when I do not understand things that people or saying or what they are saying is unclear I stop listening and avoid making eye contact with them. The way that you respond to the information that you are saying yourself, and that is given to you shows more of the type of person that you are rather than the content in what you are saying. Another important thing that they mention in this article is making sure that you are able to handle constructive criticism. You must be able to handle the criticism and know how to better yourself and your work ethic in order to be a successful entrepreneur.
    No matter how much you think you are saying, it is never too much. There will never be a time where you have said too much if you continue to open up with all the information that you are aware of and listen effectively to everything that you are told. Entrepreneurs must be able to ensure success for the company and lead out the missions that they promised when they got the job. In my opinion communication and trust with your team are the top two things that you must be able to have for the company and for your own sake.

  6. I found this article rather educational. As someone aspiring to work successfully in the business world, I fell that I can apply a lot of these communication methods to myself. I think that being transparent is a huge component of having a relationship in general. In my opinion, there has to be some sort of trust to hold a relationship regardless of whether or not it is business or personal. Communicating later rather than sooner is definitely a good especially when people are looking to a leader for answers. The usage of the pandemic as an example is perfect because there was complete pandemonium within the public. I knew someone who was working for ADP and their office did not know what they were doing because there was a lack of communication and it was a “very stressful experience.” I think that communication from the higher ups keeps everyone relaxed because people put stock in what their bosses tell them. Eye contact is also a major key. This is something that I struggle with. If I am not focusing on looking someone directly in the eye, I find that my eyes will wander, particularly with strangers. Number 5, listen do not assume, is something that I believe I am relatively good at. I enjoy hearing other people talk and telling their stories and experiences. Number 7, sandwiching constructive feedback between compliments, makes a lot of sense. Personally, it feels that I am doing something right as opposed to doing it all wrong. Even though it was not perfect, there is still a feeling of reassurance. Being direct and asking for what you want is also another big one in my opinion because people will never know if you do not ask. If I need something from someone, it is better to just ask as opposed to dodging around the question and ultimately wasting yours and their time. One that I felt like was self-explanatory was the ability to compromise, number 9. Throughout life, we all have to learn to compromise whether it be with friends or family, so I think that this should be relatively easy to carry over in business. All in all, a lot of these lessons are very helpful and easy to apply to make myself a better communicator.

  7. When it comes to being an entrepreneur, communication is key because without communication, one can not be social, which is the biggest aspect of being an entrepreneur. Not only is communications important for business, but it is a necessity in our daily lives. In order to be a leader and somebody with power, being able to express oneself and having the ability to speak, is crucial. My favorite advice that the article provides is step three: when in doubt, overcommunicate. People think that overcommunicating is bad because it leaves the impression that one is annoying and very clingy. This may be true for the daily deeds we go through, like texting or being with friends, however, this is not the case for business. In a business stance, overcommunicating is good because it shows that one genuinely cares about the company. Overcommunication does not show one being annoying, but it shows one being desperate and really fighting to win the job. Another step that I really advocate for was the second step: Build Connections Through Vulnerability and Authenticity. Especially now, during a pandemic, I agree with the author that it is pivotal for people to make connections now. During a pandemic, people feel less confident and unsure of what to do. If one is trying to be a leader, which everyone should aspire to be, reaching out to people is a good look as it assures people and makes them more confident. Before reading this article, I wanted to see if I could get the general gist of the top ten communication lessons for entrepreneurs. Overall I got seven out of the ten lessons that were taught in the article. Although this article was helpful and gave ten really helpful steps, I honestly believe that this is common sense. For someone who is a business major in college, these steps should have already been old news. Overall, I believe that this article was helpful, not just to adolescents, but to everyone. Even though people, especially business majors in college, should be aware of all these tips, I believe this is a good refresher and helpful to everyone.

  8. This informative article shares tips to become a successful and efficient communicator. A lack of communication skills can lessen one’s opportunity to get a job or eventually work your way up in a company. Especially working as an entrepreneur, effective communication is vital to creating a strong business and connections. It is extremely important to build trust with employees, which is an immediate result of clear communication.
    Some of the tips in the article are more personal than expected. Vulnerability, authenticity, and eye contact are all tips made in the article. These can be intimidating elements to implement in a professional environment. In anxious situations it is more comfortable to avoid eye contact. It is important to push yourself and take the steps to make eye contact with other employers. This creates trust between the two parties. Body language contributes substantially to forming a strong bond between employers. The parties may not directly realize it, but subconsciously form opinions.
    Another personal tip the article gives is vulnerability. Vulnerability connects the entrepreneur with their team. Being authentic allows the team to trust you in times of need. For example, the pandemic left many people in the country in distress, not knowing if they would be able to keep their job. If an employer was staying completely silent in this scenario than the employee may look for another job in the meantime. Looking for another job would be the safer option for the employee. The stress the employee has and the potential loss of an employee to the employer could both be avoided with vulnerability.
    It is important to be constructive and forward while also being kind and likeable. An entrepreneur must be direct. Transparency is the most important aspect to building a business. Transparency builds trust with stakeholders. If someone is not being transparent with the other party, there will be no trust between the parties. Trust is the most important aspect to building a strong communication system. A strong line of communication is the key to succeeding as an entrepreneur.

  9. Communication is one of the most important aspects of business. There even is a whole class dedicated to communication in business, business writing. Communication is the only way that things can get done. Especially with virtual business and the internet, there are so many new ways to communicate with people in your business and beyond. There is a big difference between inter-operational communication and communication w those outside of the company. This article seems like it is addressing more communication with other companies or potential investors. The interesting thing about this article in my opinion is that all of the advice seems like common sense and something people would already know, but in reality most people forget. I am going to save this article because I want to own my own businesses, and remembering these basics will help. Doing these things set you apart from 90% of the competition.

  10. This was a constructive and informative read, as the article provided some tips I was familiar with and others that are new to me, but seem to make sense. I hope upon reading this article I can put some of these new tips to use and further improve my communication skills before heading into the job market. The three points discussed that stood out to me most were number 3: When in doubt, over-communicate, number 5: Listen, don’t assume, and number 8: Be direct and ask for what you want. The third point stood out because I was often told that over-communication can in fact be harmful, as you don’t want to come off as too wordy or agitating. With that being said, if you think the communication is necessary, it’s always the smart move to let that person know. The harm that could possibly result from over-communication does not compare to the harm caused from a lack of sufficient communication. Number five stood out to me as it is a skill I am actively working on. Not assuming the beliefs or ideas of others is essential to improve communication and quality listening skills, as it’s impossible to accurately assume someone’s beliefs without hearing them directly from that person. I think assumption is one of the most harmful and difficult obstacles to overcome within communication. Finally, the eighth point stood out to me as I couldn’t agree more with any of the other points. I think being direct with your peers especially in a work setting is essential to having success. Making sure your peers are always on the same page as you is a great recipe for good chemistry and improved results. I think this point relates to the first point discussed about transparency.

  11. This article from Forbes provides great insight from people with years of practical business experience. Personally, I value insight from anyone with more experience from me in any given field. I think that is one of the ways to improve without learning the “hard way”. This particular article revolves around communication. I like this because communication is a key aspect of being successful in business. One theme I find helpful in this article is that all these lessons took years of various experiences for these people to learn. There is no doubt that there’s some valuable information in here. The article showcases 10 lessons in communication. I think each lesson deserves some feedback, because they are all important. The first lesson reads “Be Transparent Above All Else”. Transparency is very important. I learned that If you aren’t fully transparent people, it can build a lack of trust between parties. This is something that I didn’t fully piece together. The second lesson is to build connections through vulnerability and authenticity. I am a fan of this because I make connections this way. I always found it best to relate to people through flaws, so you don’t put yourself on a pedestal where people will confuse confidence for arrogance. The third rule is when in doubt overcommunicate. This seems like a given for me, but is still very important. I’d rather get the point across multiple times than people not understand. The fourth lesson, look the other party in the eye, is something I like to abide by in person. One thing I may note is that too much or too little eye contact takes away from the conversation and when someone uses too much eye contact, that’s all the other person notices. The fifth rule, listen don’t assume, is one of the most important in my opinion. People want to be heard, so not listening will frequently be taken as a sign of disrespect. I’ve seen this firsthand. The sixth rule, Don’t set the wrong expectations, I agree with for the most part. I have heard the phrase, “under promise, overdeliver.” However, I’m still not sure which is more effective, that method or the method of expectations set by the article. The seventh lesson is “Sandwich constructive feedback between compliments.” This is awesome advice. Just reading this section made sense to me, and I would apply it to anywhere I could in the future. The eighth lesson is “Be direct and ask for what you want.” This is also great advice because there are plenty of times where if you showed initiative and asked for something, you would receive what you want. Too many people today are afraid to ask, which is holding them back. The ninth rule, “be willing to compromise” is pretty self-explanatory to me. If you’re not willing to compromise with anything, you’ll be impossible to work with. The final rule is to craft unambiguous, thorough follow up questions. This is a great tool for improving communication skills and getting to learn what you really wanted to know. In all this was one of the more helpful articles.

  12. As someone who wants to go into the business field (and hopefully have my own one day), This article stood out to me. While reading this it made me understand that these tips can be used for many other things besides just business. These strategies can be used to help one improve their everyday conversations. It should be almost mandatory that people learn and understand these because not only does it help yourself, but it helps who you are talking to. People that are listened to by many or that are in higher positions, (such as politicians, teachers, coaches, and many more) can use the advice given to connect with and earn the trust of the people around them. The first step that is given is to be transparent. This one stood out to me because many people put on a mask at their workplace and hide their true feelings instead of being vulnerable. This makes it hard to build trust between employees and customers. Not being transparent also makes it difficult within one’s self; it is hard to run a business or be a leader if you are holding things inside that will affect your emotions and how you act. The most important step to me is vulnerability and authenticity. If each employee is vulnerable and authentic, it allows the workers to be able to connect. This is important because the stronger connection the workers have, the more successful they will be. With a strong connection, employees will not be afraid to ask a question or for help because they know that they will be helped instead of judged. Being vulnerable, there is less of a chance for one to mess up because they are more willing to communicate instead of doing it on their own. Many of these strategies that are in the article I have learned when I was young. My dad is high up in his business, and he would sometimes take me to work with him. Whenever I would go he would always tell me to watch how everyone acts. Since he is usually the boss in the building, you can tell who uses these strategies when he is talking to people. Some of the new employees would tense up, while other employees seemed like his best friend. He would always tell me to be myself, be honest, and respectful, and that is a lesson I will never forget.

  13. For entrepreneurs, strong communication skills are crucial. Even if an individual is not an entrepreneur, having good communication skills is beneficial in all professions and aspects of life. Strong communication is one of the most important skills an individual can possess, especially in the business field. Communication for business owners or managers specifically, is of extreme importance. Good communication allows for us to build strong relationships with employees, employers and other businesses you may work with. Having strong relationships with these groups of people can boost confidence, morale, and efficiency in the workplace. These important communication lessons the Forbes article shares, while they are especially beneficial to entrepreneurs, I think they can be equally as helpful to even college students. The lessons and tips the article shares I have begun to pick up on and apply in my own life as I have progressed through my college education. A lot of these lessons can be applied to communication and relationships with professors and peers in college or even when working an internship. One thing the article shared I found really important was “I always overcommunicate. Nobody complains about being too informed, so clear and informative communication is a good way to begin. When you learn the style that works best for certain clients or team members, you can adjust accordingly. Additionally, you should never assume anything.” This can be applied in the work force, but also in all aspects of life. I am a firm believer in this, that it is always better to overcommunicate than to risk any miscommunications or misunderstandings. Another part of the article that stuck out to me was when it discussed about being a good communicator, but also being a good listener. In my oral communications class this was one topic my professor really stressed to us. To be a good communicator in your profession is very important, but it is also just as important with that to be a good listener. When individuals do not listen, this is when communication becomes skewed, as we often end up assuming things. We must always listen first, then respond to be able to communicate effectively.

  14. The Forbes article on the top 10 best communications skills, was such a helpful read. I love to talk to everyone I meet, and this has helped me with jobs and opportunities up to this point in my life. Although I communicate with a lot of people throughout the day at work, the article mentioned great pointers to use in a professional setting that I would have never thought of. The advice to overcommunicate is so useful for the world today. Between all the different forms of communications you can have with someone it is so difficult to keep track of all your platforms. By giving someone all the information that you have, and they need to know this can connect many unknowns. Maybe they know something that may be helpful to you; if you withhold this information it will be much harder to find what you are looking for. Forbes advice being transparent is something I learn more and more every day when working with my boss. She owns a dog grooming shop and people can be very picky or ask for things that she is incapable of doing. She always tells her customers the truth and does not hold back. She tells them flat out that she will not do anything she is not comfortable with or that she cannot do. As a business owner this is so important for her to tell customers because it creates a trust between them. They know that she will not lie to them or withhold any important information from them. I love the advice to ask for what you need. No one knows what another person is thinking or what ideas they have inside their head. When I was 16 years old, I knew I needed a job and at first, I did not know where to apply. I then realized if I did not go around asking businesses if they were hiring, how would I get a job? So, I went business to business asking if they were hiring and if I could fill out an application. This only worked in my favor and has gotten me so far today. Unfortunately, I do not agree with the advice to sandwich constructive criticism. I do not like when people sugar coat bad things or things that need to be changed. If I did not do something correctly, I want to be told. I think people should be told flat out whether they can do something better or fix something they initially did wrong. This is a really good article to read when interviewing for a job because it teaches you skills you need to know in the interview and skill you need to take with you throughout your career.

  15. I was intrigued when reading this article because I want to know the skills necessary to be successful in the business field, something that can be taught through entrepreneurship. I think the point about transparency is crucial but also applies to what every company should really be practicing. Personally, I would not want to do business with any company that was not transparent with me because it would obliterate that feeling of trust and believed credibility. I think this also goes along with the point of being vulnerable and authentic because I would rather do business with people who I know are being themselves and are not just in it for the money. Especially with COVID, I think it is important to successfully exert these qualities because people just want to know the facts, they do not want the business to waste time and dance around the subject at such crucial times as these.

    I think something a lot of people (especially those in government positions) can learn from the fifth point about listening to the other party instead of assuming anything. For example, it is all over the news that the president is making claims about voter fraud with no evidence. What he should be doing according to this article, is listening to what the courts and research agencies have to say about voter fraud, rather than making assumptions that the entire election was rigged against him. Therefore, failing to listen in this case, really is drawing the wrong conclusions.

    Another issue I see often with people around me is that they are afraid to speak up. This entire article stands against that. However, point eight is when this is most seen. I strongly believe that in order to get to where we want to be in life, at times we are going to need to speak up instead of letting people walk all over us.

  16. Communication is one of the most important attributes to have anywhere in the business world, whether you are an entrepreneur or a marketer for a company. This is because before you even get into the business world, you are going to need to go out and make connections. You are going to need to go out and talk to Chief executive officers and managers of different sections and companies in order to get yourself known and make people notice you. You will have to give so many elevator speeches that you will have it drilled into your brain from repeating it so much. Once you get the job it is essential for you to be able to communicate with peers and with other workers within your business. You must work as a team and always be on the same page. This is all stemming from the question, what are the best communication lessons and entrepreneur can learn? In this article the author goes over the top ten lessons in detail, and this article can make a big impact on a great entrepreneur and a bad one. Me myself I have a job in sales working for a hockey shop. These lessons are great for me to read through as I sell hockey sticks and equipment on the daily and I need to learn how to sell higher priced items more efficiently. This is all my use of communication with the customer and I am a sort of entrepreneur or salesman. The article goes over the first lesson which is to be transparent among all else, which I think is a great lesson to start off the article with. Being transparent will help your customer trust you. Another tip he gives is to overcommunicate or give more information then what is needed, which is another great tip. After another two or three great lessons the author finally comes upon my favorite lesson in this whole article. The author describes is as, “Rarely, if ever, do we think of communicating as listening. If you really want to communicate effectively, you also have to learn to listen instead of assuming.” I think this is the most important lesson in all of communication because it is not only directed towards a business setting, but it can be used in any part of life. Overall, this article did a really great job going over these great lessons about communication and I can tell already it will change the way that I look at my job and at my future.

  17. Having communication skills is crucial to all aspects of life, especially having a successful career. Many of the skills outlined in this article can only be truly learned through experience. Personally, through an internship I completed this summer, I have learned many of these skills. The location of the company I interned for was Las Vegas, NV. Being in Pennsylvania myself, I clearly had to learn effective means of communication through technology in order to complete my work. I first learned to explain projects thoroughly to others and to ask questions when projects were being assigned to me. By doing this over the phone, there was less of a chance that I would waste my bosses time by being confused over a task. Projects were assigned to me, I asked necessary questions to understand it, and I would be able to complete it within the required time period. The second communication skill I learned was to be confident in my work. My boss had never met me in person because of the distance between our locations, so I had to prove that I was trustworthy through the conversations I had with her. When I was asked about progress on a specific project, I would respond with confidence even if it may have not been the answer she was looking for. If I answered questions with an unsure attitude, my boss would have had no reason to trust me because it would seem as if I was not diligently doing my work. With this confidence also comes the importance of transparency, as described in this article. If I withheld problems or important information from my boss, I would be delaying important projects that she needed completed for her company. If she found out about withheld information, any trust I had built would be quickly diminished and I most likely would not have been able to continue my intern position. If I was struggling with an assignment, I found it easier to be transparent and ask for help rather than pretend I knew it all. In the end, every career or intern position is a learning experience and it is always better to ask questions, be confident, and strive for total transparency.

  18. Communication between an employer and his/her employees is what makes the world rotate. Communication is key from the time of the interview to the employees retirement. In times such as the current pandemic, it may be hard to find in-person communication throughout most businesses and this does have its own disadvantages. For example, when it comes to the employees interview. You can gather a lot more information and get to know the employer way better in person than on a screen. When it comes to an interview, the employer has their own responsibilities. The employer must communicate how the company runs and operates and make sure they try to appeal to the employee. In the Forbes article, an example of a responsible is to be transparent as possible. This means the employer needs to be as open and informative as possible as to earn the employees trust. The employee will not want to work at a place they are suspicious of keeping secrets or not able to have access to some things. You also need to be very informative to the current employees. The Forbes article had the perfect example of the current pandemic. Most employers want to make sure they are 100% correct or want all the information before they tell the employees. The employees should have an answer right away, even if its a little unsure. This can give employees some time to prepare anyway they can to ensure their own safety. The employer waiting until he has everything could mean waiting until it is too late and the employees being unprepared. One other example in the Forbes article is eye contact. Even my parents tell me to this day that eye contact is everything, no matter who you talk to. This shows confidence and helps build trust. An employers job is to make sure the employee feels comfortable working under them and they build a bond a trust. It also shows complete honesty and that you know what you are talking about. In conclusion, communication is one of the key qualities of an employer and is usually one of the first impressions an employee has of the company they are working for. Without communication, a business will not stand very long.

  19. In almost any situation involving work, having great communication between your employees/ employer is crucial to keep a business running smoothly. When people are deceitful in the world of business it leads to them being kicked out of their company/ sued and that is the last thing anyone wants to have to deal with. The first point that is mentioned, being transparent is vital to a good relationship between people at the workplace because in order to be comfortable around each other in the work environment one must be honest through and through. The vulnerability and authenticity is something I can relate to, as at the various places I have worked I try to be as friendly and as much like my outside of work personality as possible in order to establish genuine connections with my coworkers, managers, and bosses. This is something that benefits both parties because when you start being authentic and friendly people in the workplace want to hear more from you, they want to treat you the same way you are reflecting you emotions and personality onto them. I VERY much can relate to the “when in doubt over communicate” because at any point at the grocery store if I didn’t know the code for something, or at the car wash if I didn’t know the proper type of oil for the cars that pulled in, I asked my managers or coworkers because if I had messed up it could mean someone paying money for something they didn’t buy or in the case of the car wash it could mean someone’s car breaking. For example, we had an audi come in and one of the workers accidentally filled their oil reservoir with transmission fluid and ended up costing the business $8,000 in repair costs. This coincides with the “listen, don’t assume” point as you always have to make sure you are paying attention during meetings/ on site at jobs so you don’t make any mistakes that your boss explicitly mentioned not to, because that looks really bad for you. As an employer, the sandwiching method for criticism is a very safe way to explain something that they did was wrong. We have all had talkings too and if you didn’t do something wrong on purpose you don’t deserve to be yelled at or anything, so this is the nice alternative to being scolded. I appreciated this point because whenever I am called to speak with my manager I get seriously anxious, but to know that I won’t get yelled at certainly calms my nerves. Being direct and asking for what you want is always important because if you continue to beat around the bush your employer won’t even know that you want anything because employers are dealing with multiple employees, they don’t grant requests without you asking them. Being willing to compromise is one of the most important aspects of being in the workplace as if you are stubborn, the employer might get tired of you. I have seen plenty of stubborn people get fired on sight because of their arrogance and lack of willingness to compromise. After reading this article, I know all of the proper ways to set me up for successful work experiences and great jobs/ job interviews in the future.

  20. Good communication is vital to any business and business owner. Your success at getting your point across can be the difference between sealing a deal and missing out on a potential opportunity. It is one of the most important functions of management. It may cement an organisation or disrupt. It promotes managerial efficiency and induces the human elements in an organisation to develop a spirit of cooperation. It has become one of the most vital factors in the efficient performance of management. It not only is the basis for morale building, it also plays a vital role in obtaining maximum production with the minimum of cost. Communication provides necessary will to work. Effective communication will make your employee feel more secure and more interested in his work. It will increase the understanding of the employees and secure their willing acceptance of the business plans. Which makes it necessary for all the Entrepreneurs, because the trust of your employees is crucial for new businesses entering the competition.
    External communication is as important as internal communication. It drives business and marketing strategies. The business builds its brand and sells the offering by communicating its stance.

  21. Communication Is what we do everyday to get along with each other, or speak to one another or show emotion. We as people need to improve our communication to show as a sign of respect, when speaking to someone. for example when someone interrupts you while youre speaking, is very rude, so one thing that you can work on communication is that. to be a good speaker, you also have to be a great listener, and always be open to what is being said. I go by the famous saying, ” you have 2 ears but 1 mouth” so its good to use what you have more. also be aware of how your own attitudes, emotions, knowledge, and credibility with the person you are speaking to as they might react or alter whether and how your message is received. Be aware of your own body language when speaking. Consider the attitudes and knowledge of your intended audience as well. All these things are required to become a great communicator. This is also helpful if you have a job interview or a signing meet with someone or some people you always want to be on point and make sure you present yourself with accountability. Also communication through text is a must as well. lets say you’re talking to a professor or a coach or someone at a high level, you won’t say “yo” or “wassup” you want to give the other person a great introduction to who you are and what you’re about, because the way someone texts can mean a lot about them. Its also a sign on respect, how you speak to someone at a higher standard than just your friend who hangout with you everyday. You also want to engage In the conversation and make sure one another are both enjoying to talk and you don’t want to be boring and someone feels bad about you or how you act. Also lastly reflect back to the speaker your understanding of what has been said, and invite elaboration and show that you are into the conversation. Responding is an huge part of active listening and is especially important in situations involving whatever it may be.

  22. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the workforce has transitioned to remote labor from the comfort of one’s own home. With this swift change to work-from-home jobs came a need for adaptation, especially in the standard way employees communicate among themselves and with their employers. Entrepreneurs sought change in the methods of communication due to a continuously evolving market for consumers.

    Although not everyone experiences a need for entrepreneurism in their lives, my entrepreneurial spirit emerged at an early age. Growing up, all I ever dreamt of was owning my own business, inspired by my mother. When she was only seventeen-years-old, she discovered that she was pregnant. Deciding to raise a child in her teenage years with my father, they wished to complete their high school education first and foremost. Having limited options, my father began working as a forklift mechanic soon after having my eldest sister, Alex. My mother, on the other hand, began selling used and new clothing at the local flea market in Vineland, NJ. After a little bit of time and a lot of elbow grease put into the craft, she discovered an untapped market for children’s clothing. Within the next couple years, she would open doors to her first-ever location, a quaint mom-and-pop shop conjoined by a much larger business. Now, nearly thirty years later, the same business is up-and-running, but at a different location.

    Personally, these traits discussed were all learned through experience or on-the-job training, except that the training was just immersing yourself into a real world environment. If there is anything entrepreneurs are good at, it is adapting. Entrepreneurs must communicate effectively with their consumers in order to sell goods or services; it is a must. Transparency and negotiating skills do not come to everyone; for some, it is a learned behavior, but for others, it is quite natural. My mother was a natural, in a sense; always yearning for the next big thing to help grow her business. As a result, she has been quite successful in the market for kids’ consignment clothing. I began my journey selling some of her merchandise at the same local flea market mentioned prior. Soon, I began selling my own video games that I used to play. Additionally, I would deliver food for DoorDash during the hours I was not at flea markets, supplementing my income to later invest in more stock for my small business. “Side hustle,” is what some called it. For me, it was a dream come true. I took these skills with me everywhere, and not even a couple months later sold an elderly man’s boat to earn a commission. Interestingly, I sold the boat for more than its retail price in brand-new condition, around $4,000. That is the moment I realized that this trait should not be wasted. Around this time is when I aspired to sell property as a real estate agent. To build even more wealth for myself, I took on investing the majority of my income. That is currently the position I am in. Ironically, I could drop $1,000 in the stock market without batting an eye, but spending $5 at Wawa is a guilt trip session for me.

  23. I learned that business leaders have to know that communication is most effective when it comes to becoming an entrepreneur. The two skills that seem that would be very important in the business field are verbal and written communication which corresponds with being visual and verbal literacy. In a way, these skills help you form strong relationships with external and internal individuals that work within the firm. I love that the article states that you mostly get an insight into communicating effectively by being on the journey which I believe to be effective and efficient when it comes to the business world. As I dive into the article it goes into detail about the ten communication lessons that were made by the Young Entrepreneur Council Members. When it comes to the steps of having great communication skills I would say a great one was being transparent because if you don’t have that as a quality it can affect your stockholder, employee, and customers’ feelings about your business. As a business major that was a skill that I had to learn because my professor had me working in groups that had to be transparent about the assignments that were assigned. I would say being transparent helped my group trust my creative skills when it came to making the PowerPoint. I also love that it stated that withholding information can leave distrust which I agree with because I had a group my first year of college that had a lot of distrust. The distrust in the group made us get a bad grade because we were never on the same page which made us do our work independently. I believe the situation in my group happens to a lot of companies which causes them to lose a lot such as stockholders, clients, and employees. Another lesson that I was shocked about was when they said if you doubt yourself you should communicate more. However, I believe that sometimes you are more in your head when you doubt yourself. I have actually been a victim of doubting myself that I never spoke about my idea out loud but look at this lesson I will communicate more because it is never bad to give more information. Overall, this article was great when it was talking about lessons.

  24. Communication as a whole can be thought of as essential. Although, when it comes to the subject of entrepreneurship, communication is essential for multiple reasons. Many which can all be considered as a part of entrepreneurship or being an entrepreneur. Moreover, a good example is needing communication to visualize your goals/dreams which then also need to be discussed with others. Therefore, communication is essential to the success of being an entrepreneur to ensure you are not only successful but also happy with what you are doing. Also, transparency seems important due to not only conducting good business but also being honest. Furthermore, by using such transparency it would allow you to keep more healthy and productive relationships which then allow you to succeed as an entrepreneur in comparison to a person who decides against using transparency and honestly in their business dealings.

    Therefore, while reading this article I believe a lot of good points were made on what an entrepreneur should learn. Although, I believe a lot of these subjects are something that a person should just have. I believe it should not be solely associated with certain people. In my opinion, anyone that wants to be good at what they are doing meanwhile still enjoying it should be constantly using these lessons. In reality, when looking at the lessons these are something that anyone successful is already using. Therefore, it can be assumed that anyone not using these skills is just holding back themselves and causing themselves issues in terms of growth and becoming better.

    Also, when it comes to communication and connections, a key essential part of that is how real you are which can be described as how authentic and vulnerable you are. As an entrepreneur, the idea of being professional and strict/to the point will make a person dislike you to an extent. As humans, we want to see the personal side of a person to know that they care about others, how they are feeling and will act with a ‘heart’ which is not always shown. Moreover, by being a ‘real’ person and showing you simply care about others you allow yourself to be perceived as more well-rounded and a great person. Therefore, it allows you to not only have better communication and interactions with others but also a better business due to being approachable and allowing others to feel welcome around you. By being a good communicator, you allow yourself to be a better entrepreneur meanwhile also growing your business and allowing others to feel valued through communication and interacting.

  25. This blog and article sparked my interest as I am currently in a business communications class this semester. Communication is the foundation becoming a professional in the world of business. Many people do not realize that the lack of good communication skills can cost them any sort of promotion or even obtaining a professional job. Entrepreneurs lead in this world and they can only get to that point by having great communication.

    In order for an entrepreneur to keep a business running effectively, they need to be direct in what they are asking of their employees. Vague communication leads to the job asked to not be done correctly. Direct and to the point is a key aspect to keep in mind. This falls in thine with the one lesson in the article that states, “be direct and ask for what you want”. Beating around the bush when asking someone of something will not get you what you specifically want.

    Another lesson I believe to be very important in this article is, “look the other party in the eye”. Eye contact is another crucial role in proper communication. It shows that you mean what you say and people will be more likely to trust you if you can look them in the eye rather than looking elsewhere when talking.

  26. After reading this Forbes article, I have to say that I was in agreement with the main point just after reading the title alone. I have worked multiple jobs where I found communication to have been overlooked. A business simply cannot run efficiently without good communication between the people involved, and I have seen that firsthand. I have worked in a restaurant and a warehouse where the communication component lacked and this either lead to workers communicating in less desirable ways, such as fighting, or just quitting. Sometimes entrepreneurs are so focused on just running their businesses and growing them, that they always seem to put the communication component on the back burner. They feel like they do not have the time to tell everyone exactly what they are looking for or listen to their workers’ issues. While this is understandable, it is just not realistic. My dad is a business owner and whenever I worked for him during the summer, I found that he too was experiencing the same problem regarding communication. This always resulted in one of his workers fighting or just going home out of frustration. While it might seem like a waste of time, it is important to make sure that you take the time to make sure that all of your workers are on the same page and that their issues are being understood. It is important to sit down with your colleagues and make sure that they are on track and are cognizant of your objectives in your business. While I was in agreement with almost all of the ten entrepreneurship lessons in this article, I really did not agree with the first one. As an entrepreneur or business owner, I think transparency is good to a certain extent. If an owner is too open about their feelings or thoughts to their workers, nine times out of ten those workers are going to use that information to take advantage of them. I am not saying to be fake, but I would not suggest talking to your workers the same way you talk to your friends or family. It’s important to put on a front so your workers do not step all over you. For example, in real life if my personality was more on the kind and understanding side, I am not going to act that way with my workers. I would specifically go out of my way to have a harsher, more rigid personality with them so they know I mean business.

  27. Entrepreneur and communication lessons are extremely beneficial to know and possess. These lessons are important because they are effective from age 18 to age 70 and no matter what happens, human communication will always be very important in creating connections. One of the lessons involved communication through authenticity, which I would agree is extremely important. In the case of entrepreneurship, being authentic shows character and will build trust. Demonstration of good character will then transcend to a positive reputation, then leading to a likelihood of building a positive connection with an associate. This is evidence of the importance of authenticity and trust when working as an entrepreneur. These traits will decrease the likelihood of conflict and trouble in communication with others in the business. The Forbes article also discussed the importance of overcommunicating and listening to all details. These lessons are extremely important life lessons that need to be taught to more individuals. Overcommunicating is something I need to work on because the power of overcommunicating shows willingness to get to the answer you are looking for. There are many times people will ask a question, receive an answer, and just move on without getting all the details they need. This will result in incorrect procedures being carried through with the lack of full communication. To go off of getting all information, you must also be fully direct and ask for what you want. Being direct is very difficult for many people because many people don’t want to offend others. To counter those types of people, if one is never direct with what they want, they are much less likely to receive this action. This could involve something as small as a cookie in the dining hall, a 10% raise at work, asking for what you want, and being direct with what you say shows confidence and assertiveness. This Forbes article shows the clear demonstration that confidence and assertiveness are must need traits in a good entrepreneur, as well as characteristics of successful figures in life.

  28. Being the leader of a business/ entrepreneur in my eyes is very similar to being the leader of a sports team. As a captain of multiple high school sports teams I like to think that I have good leadership ability. The most important aspect of leading a group to have good communication skills. If you don’t have good communication skills then how can you lead them or get people to want to join your mission in the first place? One of the most important things when it comes to communication is trust. No one wants to talk to someone they don’t trust or feel like they don’t have a connection with. This is why it is important to build this trust and to just be completely transparent with people and future partners. While as a leader you are supposed to lead, that doesn’t mean that other people can’t help lead either. This is why it is important to make sure that you listen to others, because often they have better ideas than what you (the leader) think of. While I have explained that it is important to build a connection, which it is, it is equally as important to understand that you have a job to do. This is why when it is time to be serious, you need to be serious and be direct and tell people what you want them to do. Don’t leave any wiggle room in your directions unless it is intentional to see what they can come up with. If you are not direct things that you want to get done won’t get done, or deals that you want to make with another person or vendors won’t properly get done either. When it comes to communication and leadership it is a very treat others how you would like to be treated. If you want people to take you serious then you have to be serious around them as well.

  29. Every day more and more people decide to start their own business or project. There are many skills required to embark on this great adventure of entrepreneurship, but many do not take into account the great importance of communication. The tools to be able to guide your venture towards the known are: administration, marketing, finances, laws to protect your project, communication, among others. As social beings, people need to communicate. Nowadays, communication has evolved and entrepreneurs should know that without a good communication strategy in their company, they may have many problems, “noises” in their messages they want to transmit. Entrepreneurs must be aware that communication is vital for the development and presentation of their company. Whether they have to make a Pitch, present it to a jury, or transmit it digitally on their social networks. Communicating is a vital part of an entrepreneur’s life, you must always talk to an endless number of people, from potential customers to large investors, through all those interested people. If I had to choose a few strategies, I would choose three in particular. First, having the ability to give constructive criticism. Criticizing staff in a negative or abusive way leads nowhere. If an employee makes a mistake, it is not wrong to point it out, but it must always be from a constructive point of view. Help the people you are in charge of to grow professionally and recognize when the work is well done and meritorious. Second, be an empathetic listener. While it is important to know how to express yourself correctly, it is equally important to know when to be quiet and listen to what others have to say. This listening must be empathetic, that is, you must have the ability to put yourself in the other person’s shoes and be receptive to their ideas, observations or criticisms. Finally, have persuasive skills. Planning a good marketing strategy will be essential for the business to be successful. In order to achieve this, both managers and employees must be clear about the company’s mission and vision, and the target audience for the products or services offered.

  30. Being able to properly communicate with potential customers, partners, or anybody that is positively or negatively impacting your business is an essentially the most important tool that an entrepreneur can exhibit. I feel the first five or so tips all have to do with verbal communication and what it looks like to be actively involved in the conversation in front of you. Meaning, showing honesty and authenticity, keeping steady eye contact, and showing that you are actively listening to the other party by using visual cues such as nodding your head, smiling, etc. These tips can be applied to face to face communication. Furthermore, if the other party can see that you interested in what they have to say, the conversation process will go a lot smoother than expected. Additionally, by exhibiting these traits the other party will be significantly more likely to join you in your business endeavors due to the fact that they can easily relate and communicate with you freely. The following five tips can be applied through either verbal or written communication. These five suggestions include tips such as, setting proper and realistic expectations, how to provide constructive feedback, showing willingness to compromise, and by actively showing interest in the what the other party has to say by asking questions, showing concern, etc. The reason I say that these last five tips or suggestions can be applied to verbal and written communication is because all of these tips can be written out in a way that will portray your message using professionalism and sincerity. Additionally, if you partner or customer can see that you sincerely want to do business with them, that will add a greater likelihood of the desired outcome happening. All in all, I feel as if this article provides young entrepreneurs with impactful suggestions and tips to help them communicate more effectively with the other party in hopes of their desired outcome.

  31. Communication is a key skill to have especially in the business world to be able to interact with employers and in making connections with higher executives and people who can boost your status in a future job. In entrepreneurship, I believe communication is also important in creating relationships and this is important because having a positive relationship with a person part of a large company and even your employees can also help you obtain information in helping your own business grow and succeed. The article gives tips on how to be a good communicator in business and a key component I got out of reading each section was to be authentic and willing to take advice, yet at the same time not lack confidence in yourself by questioning your ideas and thoughts. Communication can open many doors because trust is intertwined with the relationships you make with others. When you listen to others, it shows that you care about and are taking into consideration their ideas, which is what builds the foundation of trust. The advice from the article “When in Doubt, Overcommunicate” is essential not only for entrepreneurs, but people working for businesses, and in the everyday lives of people’s daily interactions. During high school, I worked at Shoprite and now currently work at Guess Jeans. I found it important to build good relationships with my managers by communicating to them my thoughts and being a good employee by listening to their needs as well. A small job like this is essential in growing your communication skills because everybody starts from somewhere. I have a trusting relationship with my current employer, communicate well my availability, am willing to take shifts, and maintain a strong dedication to my work. I believed I should have earned a small raise and instead of letting it go and just being content with the pay I got, I was direct and told him my qualifications on why I deserved it. I received the pay raise and also got offered a leadership position as a key holder. This is an example from my own life of how important it is to learn good communication skills and use your voice because confidence in yourself can go a long way, even if you have to fake it until you make it like I have learned to do. There are definitely aspects in my communication skills that I need to work on such as giving people constructive criticism and looking people in the eye when I speak to them which were two tips given in the article. I think these two have to do with confidence in myself and sometimes lacking trust in my own ideas. Not being able to give someone constructive criticism for their actions/ideas stems from me not exactly being sure of my own. Looking people in the eye has to do with my confidence because I tend to get nervous when talking to people and my habit of looking away shows a negative body cue that I do not want to give the person I am talking to. It shows a lack of confidence and can also portray inadequate engagement, so it is a nonverbal cue that is essential in being a good communicator that I need to fix. The tips given in this article all cohere together well in setting a strong foundation for learning this influential skill.

  32. No matter the career, being able to effectively communicate is crucial. If someone in a position of leadership cannot effectively communicate, it undermines his or her credibility, leading to a lack of confidence given by the body of people being led or spoken to. One of the points mentioned in the article is a lack of ambiguity in questions, but a lack of ambiguity is important overall. When tasking things out to the people you’re in charge of, there should be no room for confusion or uncertainty in what they have to do. Although this seems pretty simple, it is pretty rare in my experience. You can argue that ambiguity leaves room for the person to be creative and find their own way to accomplish whatever task needs to be done. On top of that same argument, you can argue that the person delegating the task does not care how the task gets done, but cares only about it getting done at the end of the day. In my opinion, I prefer a lack of ambiguity when delegating or receiving a task to decrease the margin for error.
    Another point mentioned is transparency above all else. With that, they also talk about authenticity, which couples well with transparency. When speaking to partners, employees, and the like, transparency is essential because more often than not, people sniff out authenticity, or lack thereof, falsehoods or missing information. When assuming the role of a leader, the best person you can be is yourself, and for the sake of yourself and the people you are speaking with, honesty is the best policy. Overall, whether you are a school teacher or the President of the United States, clear and effective communication is one of the best tools one can have in their arsenal.

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