Skills Needed To Be A Well-Rounded Communicator

You may be a strong writer, but there are non-writing skills that can also contribute to your success.

Whether you plan to work in-house for a company or as a freelancer, there are important skills you will need to complement your writing ability.

The following are some non-writing skills that can take you far as a professional.

Verbal Communication Skills

You probably have an excellent command of written language, but you also need to be an effective verbal communicator. Verbal communication involves how you deliver messages and how you receive them. Being able to communicate information clearly and effectively is critical for working with supervisors and colleagues. Examples of verbal communication skills include active listening, speaking concisely, giving and soliciting feedback and responding to non-verbal cues.

Attention to Detail

As a writer, you know that written works are enhanced by accurate details. A good story, document or report includes several small details, and writers who meticulously focus on every detail are improving the quality of writing. Beyond writing, attention to detail can improve most aspects of professional life—workplace productivity, consistency, efficiency and performance. Overall, attention to detail is a core competency that employers often seek in job candidates.

Time Management

Whether you work for a company or are self-employed, you will likely have a lot to do. In order to manage your workload effectively, you will need to maximize the time you have available. By efficiently managing your time, the easier it will be to deliver great work. Planning, organizing and developing a system can allow you to use your time effectively. Successful time management starts with knowing your deadlines and keeping a calendar.

Public Speaking/Presentation Skills

Possessing public speaking and presentation skills can put you at a major advantage in your career. The ability to inform and motivate people through presentations is a quality many organizations look for in potential leaders. Writers who present their topics and ideas clearly can motivate and connect with the people reading their materials. In a professional setting, you may have to present information to clients, staff, team members or the public.

Research Skills

Strong research skills can add credibility and value to your writing and work. Therefore, it is important to provide information from trustworthy and reliable sources. Writers should be able to quickly find relevant information and then incorporate research into their writing in a way that makes them sound like an expert. Your ability to research can differentiate you from other writers and prove that you have a thorough understanding of what you are writing about. 

Learning Ability

The desire to gain knowledge is a trait that can serve you well in your career. Writers who possess a willingness to learn typically seek new opportunities, are in touch with trends and take on challenging tasks. They are motivated and prove they are willing to develop the skills necessary to improve work performance.

Develop Your Well-Rounded Communication SkillsetYou can grow professionally as a writer by focusing on non-writing skills that will supplement your writing talent. Choose the bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing program at Carlow University. In this program, you can flourish as a writer, while also building the practical skills that will help you in your career.

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