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I am a software developer. I am able to speak with my friends and colleagues but I have a problem in making effective communication with higher officials. I struggle a bit when speaking with higher authority.

During company meetings with my boss or when facing interview I am unable to speak effectively - having trouble in framing suitable words.

Where I am lacking? How can I improve this?

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CareerBuilder has published an article that pretty much addresses your problems. In short:

  • Be proactive in communicating, don't wait for your boss to tell you what's important
  • Spend more informal time around your boss
  • Try to transform your boss relationship into a mentor relationship
  • Be a good employee. Confidence comes with positive experiences --- from hard work and preparation
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nice explanation. I will fellow it. –  Dineshcool Aug 5 '13 at 8:22

Listen - it goes a long way. What words are considered "suitable" are probably those used by the higher authorities. They probably don't understand technical jargon. If they don't use it, neither should you.

Confidence - this comes from a lot of practice along with a willingness to learn the right way. Don't be afraid to say, "I don't know, but will look into it." If you think this makes you look weak or incompetant, imagine what muttering and stuttering some worthless answer does for your career. Also, you have to come to the conclusion that you may be doing a fine job, but they are poor listeners. They're not as much of the authoity as you think.

Brevity - Edit your post for practice. Do we need to know you're a programmer? You could probably cut this in half.

Relax - It's not that bad. These people are no better than your friends or collegues.

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