by Tony Richards
The past few weeks, we’ve been exploring The Force of Communication and how powerful it can be in leadership roles.
This week, let’s dive deeper into the subject with some more learning points for you to consider when becoming a better communicator.
Create an almost Zen-like focus on achieving clarity
In every instance, the most effective communication is clear communication. Do the people with whom you are communicating clearly understand your message? Whether it’s verbal or written, you must answer this question with a resounding YES each time. If they don’t clearly understand your message, you really have not communicated. Be clear and concise, and don’t be afraid to ask if they clearly understand or even ask them to repeat the important parts back to you, especially if they report to you or if the message is extremely important. Shorter is often times better. Never go any longer than it takes you to make the communication as clear as possible.
Wash, Rise, Repeat
In order to be an effective communicator, you may have to repeat your message consistently. Very rarely will you ever be able to communicate something just once and have any one person or group walk away with the understanding that is needed. It’s just not going to happen that way. You must vary the way in which you transmit the message and repeat it often. We can never have the “Well, I told them once!” attitude about communicating.
Get Some New Words
Always be improving your vocabulary. It makes you even more interesting. You may have to use slang language every now and then to be relevant, but there are more than enough words in the English language for you to choose from to make your message really interesting and powerful.