Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so is he.
Whether you are communicating the vision of your dream to others, the goals of your dream to team members or the needs of your dream to prospective supporters – the fulfillment of your dream requires effective communication.
Here are 7.5 Keys which will help to sharpen your communication ability:
Key #1: Thought
Think before you speak. – English Proverb
Ask Yourself – What am I going to say?
Key #2: Timing
Observe due measure, for right timing in all things is the most important factor. – Hesiod
Ask Yourself – When is the best time to say what I need to say?
Key #3: Tact
It is not the matter you cover so much as it is the manner in which you cover it. – Jim Rohn
Ask Yourself – How will I say what needs to be said?
Key #4: Truth
Honesty is the best policy. – Shakespeare
Ask Yourself – How will I say what needs to be said honestly?
Key #5: Transparency
Sincerity is an openness of heart; we find it in very few people; what we usually see is only an artful dissimulation to win the confidence of others. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Ask Yourself – How will I say what needs to be said openly and sincerely?
Key #6: Two-Ears
We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak. – Epictetus
Ask Yourself – Am I prepared to listen after I say what needs to be said?
Key #7: Takeaways
A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge. – Peter Drucker
Ask Yourself – What action steps do I want to see take place as a result of this conversation?
Key #7.5: Thanks
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. – Aesop
Ask Yourself – Will I remember to thank the person/s for allowing me the time to communicate what needed to be communicated?