Good morning Monday… So tell me why there are so many people out her that hate Monday’s? Is it because it’s the first day of the work week? Is it maybe because we’ve had a little too much fun over the weekend? Maybe you just hate Mondays because growing up as a child, you heard someone in your immediate family describe the tortures that this special day has on influencing the outcome of their first day of the week. Heck, Brian Geldof wrote a song called, “I Don’t Like Mondays.” Do you know the story behind the song? No. Well here is the story behind the song.
According to Geldof, he wrote the song after reading a telex report at Georgia Stae University’s campus radio station, WRAS, on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children in a school playground at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California on 29 January 1979, killing two adults and injuring eight children and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.” The song was first performed less than a month later. Geldof explained how he wrote the song:
“I was doing a radio interview in Atlanta with Fingers and there was a telex machine beside me. I read it as it came out. Not liking Mondays as a reason for doing somebody in is a bit strange. I was thinking about it on the way back to the hotel and I just said ‘Silicon chip inside her head had switched to overload’. I wrote that down. And the journalists interviewing her said, ‘Tell me why?’ It was such a senseless act. It was the perfect senseless act and this was the perfect senseless reason for doing it. So perhaps I wrote the perfect senseless song to illustrate it. It wasn’t an attempt to exploit tragedy.”
Very sad story… So next time you shout out… I HATE MONDAYS!!!! Think about why you do. Is it really that bad? I say get over it. You have to get through Monday to get to Friday. And then there’s Hump Day!!! Oh never mind. More on that later… Make it much later..
Okay so what I really want to talk about is workplace communication. You’re probably saying to yourself workplace what?
The workplace can be a highly stressful environment. Good communication skills are vital in helping you to work effectively, build solid relationships and prevent unnecessary misunderstandings, and navigate day-to-day deadlines. So what constitutes effective communication skills? Here are a few points worth remembering.
Good listening is integral to communication. Communication is about exchange, and there’s no place like the workplace to illustrate this. While you no doubt want to get your point across, it’s essential to remember that so do others. Listening can help ensure you know what everyone is thinking. When someone is speaking, focus on their face rather than letting your eyes wander, and if appropriate, take notes.
The workplace is about teamwork, so in order to work effectively, it’s essential to be open to the opinion of others, and to understand their position on any given issue. It’s about give and take. Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is often a good way to improve workplace communication skills. Make a point to ask questions.
If you rush what you say, others may find it difficult to understand you. Similarly, if you’re impatient for others to get to the point, you are more likely to lose focus, and not hear what they are saying. For good communication, it’s important to be methodical. Take points one at a time, both when talking and listening.
When you speak to others, whether they are colleagues, clients or your boss, you are wise to be direct. If you dither around the point, or are uncertain with what you are saying, others are less likely to listen to you. You don’t need to be making a speech to suffer nerves at work, particularly when dealing with superiors. Before heading into a meeting, write down exactly what you need to say, and make notes in point form, which you can refer to if needed. This will help ensure you stay focused, and not miss anything important. The same applies if you are giving direction to others on tasks to be carried out. Clarity is vital in ensuring others understand what they are to do.
Maintaining a positive attitude at work is not always easy, however anger and bitterness are not only negative emotions, they can contribute to misunderstandings and conflicts at work.
Try to view problems and difficulties as challenges, and look at ways at overcoming them, rather then letting them become a major, ongoing burden.
If you are feeling pressured at work, speak to your manager or another superior to see if there might be ways to help alleviate the problems.
Confidence and good communication go hand in hand. Many people aren’t naturally gifted speakers. It takes practice to improve both written and verbal communication skills in the workplace.
Effective communication in the workplace is within grasp of anyone. Make a point to practice listening, patience, clarity, positivity and self-improvement, and you’ll be a much better position to work well, and help your workplace run smoothly.
So have yourselves a wonderful communicative day and may this Monday, be a better then great Monday!!
Thanks for stopping by……….Peace