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Effective communication in the workplace
Effective communication in the workplace

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7 Personal development plan

Last week you set a goal relating to your verbal or oral communication skills. What steps have you taken to try to fulfil this goal? Have you considered what resources and how much time you will need?

An image of a small plant in soil, bathed in sunlight.
Figure 6 The growth of your personal development plan.

Activity 7 My Week 5 plan

Timing: Allow 20 minutes for this activity

This week, consider one specific gap in your written communication skills which you would like to focus on in the short term. For example, you might want to look for opportunities to practise your proofreading skills or get some feedback from a colleague on your email style and tone.

Each week use your personal development planning table (downloaded in Week 1) to record your actions and successes.


Depending on your personal context, you might have chosen report writing or social media posts as an area of written communication you want to improve upon. An appropriate action might involve volunteering to write a report or blog post for your department. If you explain to you line manager or other colleague that you want to develop your skills in this area, they may offer advice and agree to provide feedback on your progress.