Communication Is The Language Of Communication

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Former presidential speech writer and author, James C. Humes, once said, “The art of communication is the language of leadership.” Communication is essential to business as well as interpersonal relationships. The ability to express oneself with coherence and cogency is of the utmost importance to your professional and personal success. Effective communication solves and also prevents problems. Think back to all those times you endured a conflict with a person or institution as a result of poor communication or a complete lack of communication. When people are not sure what others mean, intend or desire, they are inclined to make a mistake or do something to create an uncomfortable conflict with the other party. The communication tips…show more content…
Eventually, these communication strategies will become second nature and a cheat sheet will no longer be necessary.

1. Focus on the What of the Message

Take a moment to think about exactly what you would like to express. It is a mistake to assume the other party has any idea as to what type of subject matter you are speaking or writing about. Start at the beginning by introducing the topic so you can properly set the stage for your thoughts, feelings, and anything else you desire to communicate. Do not lose sight of the fact that most people live incredibly busy lives. The typical professional is extremely busy and will require a detailed explanation of the what of the matter is before properly analyzing your opinion, thoughts, feelings, etc.

Consider the many repercussions of flawed communication: wasted effort, time spent interpreting confusing e-mails, time-consuming requests for clarification, costly mistakes and so on. In the end, these repercussions add up to substantial amounts of lost money. U.S. hospitals report an annual waste of $12 billion due to poor communication. So be specific. Do not use generic words like “thing” or “it” to express yourself. These terms are much too vague. Such overly broad terms will only waste time by confusing the other party and forcing you to rehash your statement with clearer terms.

2. Key in on Which

Specificity is of the utmost importance in verbal and written
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