How to Ensure Results From All Business Conversations
Originally published: 25/11/2019 15:39
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How to Ensure Results From All Business Conversations

Analyse the 12 most common types of business conversations and discover the tips on how to make the most out of them!

Introduction

Whether you are trying to motivate your team, close a deal with a customer, or get funding from an investor, a casual conversation is usually a waste of your valuable time. These result is a founder who is always “too busy,” but never seems to get the business done and the team moving. All real business is conversations focused on creating results.


Shawn Kent Hayashi, in her classic book “Conversations That Get Results and Inspire Collaboration” makes my point very well as she outlines the top twelve types of conversations that relate to working together in business, and provides tips on how to make each of them more effective for all concerned:

  • Step n°1 |

    Conversation for connection.

    Connecting with others happens when we slow down our talking enough to be in the present and really listen to one another. Rapport building requires listening, more than talking. Powerful listening causes trust to grow.

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  • Step n°2 |

    Conversation for creating new possibilities.

    The questions a manager or colleague asks help us to understand a situation better, if we ask good questions and really listen to the answers. Conversations can also be the triggers to professional development.

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  • Step n°3 |

    Conversation for structure.

    When we know what we want to create, the next step is to devise a plan. We build our plans with the steps as we become aware of them through conversations, with ourselves as well as with others.

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  • Step n°4 |

    Conversation for commitment.

    For each identified action step, we identify potential candidates and then seek their commitment to produce the result that corresponds to the task. The commitments we make to ourselves are the most fundamental.

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