Paul Meyer is quoted as saying, “Communication-the human connection- is the key to personal and career success.”
I am in the midst of preparing a presentation on communication based on John C. Maxwell’s book “Everyone Communicates Few Connect”. As I have been researching material for the presentation I learn even more, I have always tried to make my communication as effective as possible but I do know that there is still considerable room for improvement.
John Maxwell says that “people cannot succeed in life without communicating effectively.”
What are some of the key components of communication?
I have listed what I call “The 5 Be’s of Effective Communication”:
Be Authentic- If you are not speaking from your heart, it won’t take long for others to see that and lessen the value of what you are telling them. You are the only person who can tell your story.
Be Clear – Lessen any chance of being misunderstood by being absolutely clear in your message. The consequences of being misunderstood or misinterpreted can be quite severe.
Be Certain- If you lack certainty in your self how can you persuade others to take you with any sense of authority.
Be Open – Don’t be afraid – sometimes what we have to say may hurt, but what we say should never be hurtful in any way.
Be Receptive – Sometimes to be a great communicator you first must learn to become a superior listener.
Place a high degree of importance on your ability to communicate and practice doing it, as Jim Rohn says, “Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.”