How to talk to people at work

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How to Build your Professional Network

Learn how to build your professional network, raise your profile, and get noticed!

55:22 of on-demand video • Updated July 2020

  • Build your first relationships and start your network
  • Develop the right skills to talk and interact with people
  • Look beyond your company to evolve your skills, career, and relationships in your industry
  • Raise your profile and take leadership roles at work
  • Grow your influence using tools and platforms online
English [Auto] All right guys welcome back. So we noted in one last lecture that your boss and team represent your first chances to build a professional network. Well no matter who you meet. Conversations are one of the easiest ways to make connections. Many times your first interactions will be work related whether it's because of some Reclast or processor working through. So as you meet your colleagues get your work done and use each opportunity to show them who you are and make a new connection. The first time you meet someone could come from an introduction or just a random meeting. When you meet someone new they say be polite tell them nice to meet you and shake their hand if you meet them in person. Make sure to make eye contact and try this weird thing called smile. It helps that the other person at ease when one of you leaves try to use their name. It was nice to meet you. His name is Steve. That's a helpful tactic for you to remember their name later but it also is a way to appear that your friendly and casual and in other interaction while you might need something. I know that's awfully vague but whether you need files or information ideas or something else these natural conversations could lead to a connection. So is what you do. Again be polite and respectful when asking for something. Please really is the magic word. So make sure to use it. Be clear about what you need. Get in the habit of quickly sharing helpful details. It's a great skill to have. Thank them after. Even if it didn't work out either say thanks a lot or thanks for trying. When you're polite respectful and easy to talk to people will be happy to talk to you again later on. On the other hand someone might need something from you. If they're making the request or then keep this in mind. Listen to their requests and ask questions to help you fulfill it. How can I help. When do you need this done but don't ask why unless it's necessary. If they're not completely prepared well then let them know what you need to do whatever they're asking for in a polite way. When in doubt be helpful. You may have to deal with these people all the time and you may need their help in return someday somewhere along the road in the end do your job and people will think you do it really well know or remember you. Another reason to talk to people at work is when you need help with a problem. You need advice or ideas and other people could have that guidance explaining your problem as clearly and quickly as you can and include any relevant details as there any follow up questions I have as best you can. Don't be impatient when they ask them because they just want to help. Don't force solutions like should I do this one thing yes or no. Instead ask for advice. I have this problem and this time frame. Do you have any ideas on how to fix it. Don't restrict their ability to help you listen to their suggestions and ideas. Don't immediately shoot down once you've thought of if they bother to suggest something will give the idea a second thought. And then lastly thank them for their help and if it works out. Follow up and let them know. You might also be asked to give feedback to someone else and it's an opportunity to show off what you know but also your people skills. Don't be afraid to pay compliments. Great job on that presentation there were some great tips and their coworkers like compliments wouldn't you. But if you didn't like something well consider if it's necessary to say so. Sometimes it's easier to keep your opinion to yourself. However if there is an important work or project you need to give a negative opinion about be respectful and try to stay objective. I reviewed your app design and I don't think the colors work. Here is why or I looked through your suggestions for blog post ideas and I wanted to offer some advice. Offer constructive feedback and be respectful of the time and effort they put into their work. You would obviously expect the same. I know a lot of these tactics are simple questions I suggested might sound like basic conversation skills and in a sense a kind of are. You need to be able to interact with coworkers and other colleagues at least on a basic level. But if you can make your conversations and interactions positive and productive those people want to talk to you again when they need advice opinions or help in some way. They'll seek you out and when you need the same well they will be happy to help you. These basic skills are establish and strengthen any new relationship you make. So always be polite respectful and clear when dealing with your coworkers and the next doctor will discuss more skills to help you along as well. The.