Reports on the present are usually status or progress reports. Various departments or teams that make up an organization, or committees that make up a governing board, are likely to give status reports. Status reports may focus on a specific project or task or simply report on the regular functioning of a group.
Briefings are short presentations that either update listeners about recent events or provide
instructions for how to do something job related. Briefings may occur as upward, downward, or horizontal communication
When preparing for a presentation to clients, customers, or funding sources, start to establish
a relationship before actually presenting. This will help you understand what they want and need
and will allow you to tailor your presentation to their needs. These interactions also help establish
rapport, which can increase your credibility.
When effective, horizontal communication can lead to more cooperation among employees and a greater understanding of the “big picture” or larger function of an organization.
This is the first blog post in a series we are doing over the next few weeks on how to communicate more effectively in business settings.
We are starting with what is called upward communication, which includes speeches, proposals, or briefings that are directed at audience members who hold higher positions in the organizational hierarchy than the sender.
As a communication expert, it's nice to see the increased attention to and value for "soft skills."
The start-up community is full of great minds capable of innovation and great entrepreneurs who have a good work ethic and a formidable hustle game. Those two things are very important for success.
Take a moment and think about your current and past jobs. During the workday, who did you have to interact with? Coworkers? A manager (or, shudder, managers)? Vendors or suppliers? Customers? Think about the various interactions that you had, and what made them either a highlight of your day, or something that you actively tried to avoid. What role did communication, either good or bad, play in those interactions? Odds are, quite a bit more than you may have thought.