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What is the Importance of Training & Development in an Organisation

May 17, 2017

In today’s day and age where the competition has increased manifold, the customer has become more aware and knowledgeable due to the internet and social media, it becomes even more important for any organisation to ensure that their employees are one step ahead.

How will you ensure this?

What is the sure shot way to ensure success in this extremely competitive environment where the overall market sentiment is into a tailspin? Revenues and profits are under severe stress and there is bloodshed everywhere.

The only way to ensure sustenance and improved performance is a well-trained and an aware workforce (employees).

Almost all organisations ensure that the IQ (Intelligence Quotient) levels (technical expertise) is achieved by rigorous training. But the actual business generation (Revenues & Profits) will come consistently if and only of your employees are not only technically trained but are equally well trained in the EQ (Emotional Quotient) levels too.

Q; How will you improve the EQ levels of your employees?

A: By improving their Soft Skills.

There are various soft skills which need to be addressed.

Some of them are;

  • Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-Verbal, Written)
  • Customer Service Skills (Not only limited for technical staff)
  • Telephone Etiquette
  • Business Etiquette
  • Telephone handling Skills
  • Performance Management skills (especially required for HR staff and Supervisory level staff)
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Selling Skills
  • Sales Management skills
  • Social Media Skills
  • Stress Management (one the most critical skills required at all levels of the Organisation)

These are some of the many skills which are required to be imparted to, and honed by the employees along with the technical skills at all levels of hierarchy in the organisation.

In today’s ever changing, extremely and fast paced environment, all employees of all industries need to hone one or more of the above-mentioned skills. This becomes even more important since they are required to multi-task and deliver more and better results to remain ahead of the game.

All organisations (SME and large organisations included) must engage a training and development consultant in order to impart the right training and development to correctly address the needs of their respective organisations and stay ahead of the game.

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Active Listening- Why it is an Essential part

June 11, 2012

Active Listening

Often, most Coaches and Trainers spend a lot of time of the topic of Listening. Why? Have you ever wondered? What is so great about a simple task like listening? We listen all the time. It does not require much effort.

Yes! I agree with you that Listening or shall we say hearing does not take much effort as we have been doing so, for all our lives. But, there is a huge difference between Hearing and Listening.

There are several misconceptions about listening. The first of these is listening and hearing are the same thing. Hearing is the physiological process of registering sound waves as they hit the eardrum. We have no control over what we hear. The sounds we hear have no meaning until we give them their meaning in context. Listening on the other hand is an active process that constructs meaning from both verbal and nonverbal messages.

When we hear, we let the sound waves fall on our ears and we respond to it depending our mood and focus on that stimulus at the time.

But Active Listening, means we are completely focussed on what is being said to us either by a person or a medium (audio-machine of some kind e.g. ipod, radio, tape, etc)

Active Listening is very important especially for those in professions like, Sales, Legal, Doctors, CAs, etc where the success of your profession is overly dependent on what your clients are saying verbally. Most of the inter-personal problems in life also can be avoided, if effective listening is done by all parties involved (e.g. Boss- Subordinate, Husband-Wife, Siblings, Father-Son, Friends, etc.). When you do not listen with your entire focus on the person talking to you, you may miss out on certain important clues (words or statements), which might be useful to you to effectively do your job and make a success out of that particular deal.

An active listener is able to listen to the speaker, analyse, interpret and internalise the information and then suggest a proper and relevant solution/ outcome for the set objective e.g. sales of your product etc. An active listener is able to overcome objections effectively and help the speaker in making a proper and effective decision towards completing the transaction. The proper use of active listening results in getting people to open up, avoiding misunderstandings, resolving conflict, and building trust. In a medical context, benefits may include increased patient satisfaction, improved cross-cultural communication, improved outcomes, or decreased litigation, etc.

 

 

 

Barriers to active listening

All elements of communication, including listening, may be affected by barriers that can impede the flow of conversation e.g. distractions, trigger words, vocabulary, and limited attention span.

Listening barriers may be psychological (e.g. emotions) or physical (e.g. noise and visual distraction). Cultural differences including speakers’ accents, vocabulary, and misunderstandings due to cultural assumptions often obstruct the listening process.

Frequently, the listener’s personal interpretations, attitudes, biases, and prejudices lead to ineffective communication.

Overcoming listening barriers

To use this listening technique to improve interpersonal communication, one puts personal emotions aside during the conversation, asks questions and repeats back to the speaker to clarify and understand, and also tries to overcome all types of environment distractions. Judging or arguing prematurely is a result of holding onto a strict personal opinion. This hinders the ability to be able to listen closely to what is being said. Furthermore, the listener considers the speaker’s background, both cultural and personal, to benefit as much as possible from the communication process. 

Eye contact and appropriate body languages are seen as important components to active listening. Effective listening involves focusing on what the speaker is saying; at times the listener might come across certain key words which may help them understand the speaker. The stress and intonation may also keep them active and away from distractions. Taking notes on the message can aid in retention.

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