by Janet Shlaes, Ph.D.
“I didn’t’ have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”
~ Mark Twain
I invite you to remember a time when you experienced effective communication. What was present for you? Effective communication is both a skill and a gift. Fortunately, skills can be learned over time. Becoming an accomplished communicator requires intention, commitment, motivation and perseverance. As most every area of your life requires some sort of communication, developing this skill is well worth the effort. Compelling communicators possess the ability to convey the essence of their message in a manner that bypasses your defenses. The received communication engages you, feels respectful, is easily absorbed, stays with you and continues to deepen over time. This level of communication expertise requires much practice and self-awareness, as well as the ability to take in visual and verbal feedback and immediately rectify inevitable communication gaps. Talented communicators carefully craft their message, investing the requisite time to convey the heart and soul of their message. They fully understand that “less is more,” that getting to “less” requires time and that their commitment to simplicity will yield higher level results. Effective communicators customize their message to their intended audience and context. What one action step will you take today to strengthen your communication skills?
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