The ability to communicate is essential for any organization to become healthy. The major reason that most organizations fail is due to poor communication between its members. Many groups have the ability to do a lot of talking and very little connecting through healthy dialogue. There is a big difference between the act of talking and the art of communication. Here are 6 ways to develop your skills of communication.
A good communicator has the ability to help those they are leading to see a vision. A good leader can help their organization to visualize a goal. It is extremely important to show the goal as you speak. People will remember more about what they see than what they hear.
“As a leader, it is your duty (and your pleasure) to keep a clear vision in front of your teams at all times. Continued focus on the vision makes the difference between excellence and mediocrity. It promotes discipline in the trenches, where battles are won and lost. A team well focused on the vision is better equipped to deal with daily wins and losses than a team merely headed in the general direction of some ideal place.
Any member of the team unable to articulate the vision is a weak link – and we all know that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. It’s your role as the leader to ensure that no link in your chain is weak through failure to understand the vision.” –Tim Enochs, quoted in the book Becoming a Coaching Leader by Daniel Harkavy.
In developing the art of communication a good leader must also convey conviction. Simply stated, they must believe what they say. Conviction is key to creating a following.
A strong communicator must also have expectations. They must believe in the people they are leading.
This brings us to the subject of credibility. A leader must do more than talk. They must also live in a way in which they convey their beliefs. The healthy leader is plausible and believable. Their leadership is easy to follow because they are believable.
In developing the skills of communicating to a group of people, timing is essential. A good communicator must be able to read the crowd and know when to present their vision. Knowing when to say something is as important as knowing what to say and who to say it to. Application at the right time creates healthy communication.
The ability to be creative in communication and freedom to say what needs to be said go hand in hand. Being creative will enable a leader to know how to say what needs to be said.
These 6 skills are what every person who desires to be a strong communicator needs:
Stephen Covey says this about being a strong communicator, "In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do."
What type of communication skills do you have?
Do others understand you?
What are you all about?
Is your message coming across loud and clear?
Are you a good communicator?