Most of the jobs that are in the workforce require that employees have good to excellent communication skills. This allows employees the chance to express themselves in a manner that is clear and positive in written and oral communications.

Communication is considered to be one of the main factors that are needed to be successful in the corporate world. However, 'good communication skills' is a phrase that is used so often that many employees are not quite sure what it means.

When a person has good to strong communication skills, they can understand instructions, gain new skill sets, relay information, ask questions and convey their thoughts and information to others without any problems.

Good communication skills also allow employees to distribute a message in a manner that their audience can connect to it easily.

In other words, one of the strongest basic skills that every employee should have is good communication skills. Job applicants who are proficient in these skills are the applicants that most employers are looking to bring into the workplace.

Employees must have good communication skills no matter how far up the 'corporate ladder' they are. If there is a breakdown of communication in the workplace, the result can be less efficiency and productivity. Employees may also suffer from low morale.

The job market is incredibly competitive, and the one thing that recruiters and interviewers look for when considering a new hire is someone who can communicate effectively and confidently when working with other employees and clients.

With that said, what are the most important business communication skills in 2019?

When a person has good business communication skills, not only are they able to get their message across effectively, they can get their message across so that it is conveyed to their audience.

Consider this. Before starting a discussion or an email, keep in mind why it is being communicated to the intended recipient in the first place. What information should be presented and what information should be received?

If there is no clarity in the message, it can lead to confusion.

Another critical business communication skill is confidence. Not to be confused with over-confidence, being confident whilst communicating will give the audience faith and trust that the person can deliver and follow through on the things that they have promised.

It does not take much to display confidence during communication. The gesture can be as simple as maintaining eye contact with the person. Another way to show confidence is by using a friendly, but firm tone when providing information. This is especially beneficial for phone communications.

As mentioned above, it is important to be friendly. Having the proper tone of voice encourages communication.

In addition to being friendly, all messages should be personalized when they are being directed towards colleagues and partners.

For example, wishing the intended receiver of the message a nice day or holiday is a great way to make the communication friendly and personal.

One of the basic skills for good communication is effective listening. Always take the time to closely listen to what is being said. This is often referred to as active listening.

Active listening is paying attention to what is being said, asking questions to clarify and finally rephrasing what has been said to ensure that the message is understood.

In a busy work environment, everyone is not going to always agree with everyone else 100 percent of the time. Even during these disagreements, the viewpoint of others should be acknowledged and respected.

Empathy is also a good communication skill to have when working with customers and clients. The primary objective of being empathetic is to try and understand the other person's view, and respect that view if it is different than someone else's.

It is important to emphasize business communication skills when a CV is being drafted. After reading over the job description, pay close attention to see if the job listing mentions communication skills. Job applicants should provide evidence that they are proficient in these skills and give examples of how they have used their communication skills in the workplace.

During the interview phase, the applicant should demonstrate to the employer or recruiter how they used their communication skills whilst working on a project, and how they used these skills to not only finish and deliver the project on time but how they worked with others during the completion of the project.

Employers want to know how the applicant's business communication skills will benefit the company. So, applicants should focus on how their skills will improve the company's efficiency, productivity, and bottom line.

Author's Bio: 

Louise was a voice artist and television announcer, so you could say her whole career has been about public speaking. She now uses her understanding of voice, presence and performance to transform her clients’ approach to communication. Louise now runs Bespoke Coaching