In a work environment, it is very easy to be interpreted as being an intimidating person. It may occur even without your knowledge and cause friction and stress with those you work with. This may be due to various factors such as your physical appearance (such as height), your position in the workplace, or the way you communicate with those around you. Although being intimidating does help to get work done, inspiring those around you in giving their best will result in more productivity and good relations.
Here are some things you can follow to communicate without intimidating others:
1. Think about what you are going to say beforehand. Frame the sentence in your mind carefully in a way that is non-threatening and cannot be misinterpreted. This is extremely important in situations where you need to give criticism.
2. Pay attention to the way you speak. Your voice and tone of communication are the biggest determinants of how your message reaches people and more often than not, you may not even be aware that that’s where the problem lies. Use a soft, gentle voice rather than trying to be quick and getting to the point.
3. Maintain friendly, positive relations and try to be supportive to those around you by helping wherever you can.
4. It is important to build trust and this can only happen when you appear to be open and approachable. This is where your body language plays a major role. Pay attention to your body and hand gestures while you communicate.
5. Become aware of how you project yourself like whether you project yourself as the person in charge or a have know-it-all attitude. This will give you an idea of how others perceive you and whether you are intimidating them.
Being a humble human is more important. Rather demanding for a respect, gain a respect; Empathize with people. Don’t be a dictator!! Don’t be a boss!! Be a leader….!! A boss drives a fear; whereas a leader creates enthusiasm.