I have received a lot of good advice from Manager tools in the past and hope this will be no different. I have recently been promoted to a larger department and higher position. With this promotion came the clear and convincing evidence that I am not a good communicator. This is mainly face to face communication and often pertains when addressing larger groups.
In my previous positions I was able to get by on hard work and technical ability. That is clearly not the case now. I feel overwhelmed in meetings and on conference calls due to my inability to articulate what I am thinking(not to mention my thoughts on any particular item are often a couple steps behind others).
In being honest with myself, I have never been a good communicator whether in social settings or professional. As I mature it is becoming more evident that I must improve on this skill if I am going to be successful.
My quesiton to you is how do I do that? What are some tips on improving communication skills? Do groups such as Toastmasters help improve overall communications skills? Books out there specific to this topic that you recommend? I have always struggled making deep connecitions with other people and it is clear I wont be a successful leader unless I am able to do this.