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How to improve your communication skills?

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Senior Software Engineer at Taro Communitya month ago

As you climb up the career ladder (senior -> staff), this soft skill becomes more and more important. What are some ways I can keep honing it? Are there any professional courses I can consider?

I would learn to be effective and efficient at it, specially in scenarios such as public speaking, team meetings, project status, emails etc.

Also, English is not my first language.

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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    a month ago

    We actually have a communication course on Taro! Check it out: [Course] Effective Communication For Engineers

    It's on my backlog to completely redo this course, but the core concepts should definitely hold up in the meantime.

    Here's another great resource: "How to improve my English communication?"

    My main advice with communication, like with anything, is to:

    1. Have a fearless mentality (don't be afraid of looking dumb)
    2. Do it a lot
    3. Invite feedback (this is especially easy with written communication)

    If you can truly champion all these ideas, you'll get better at it lightning fast. Tentative language and self-deprecation are particularly effective at greasing the wheels.

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    a month ago

    one way to force yourself to practice in a low-stakes way: do an event on Taro! https://www.jointaro.com/events/create/

    it can be about:

    • a research paper you want to explain
    • a learning from your work
    • a business breakdown of how a technology works

    ping me and I can help get the word out :)