Communication is key in business relationships and personal relationships. Follow these tips from successful leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, authors and communication extraordinaires to learn how to communicate efficiently, accurately and with purpose.
“Developing excellent communication skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership. The leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. If a leader can’t get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn’t even matter.” — Gilbert Amelio, President and CEO of National Semiconductor Corp
“Leaders who make it a practice to draw out the thoughts and ideas of their subordinates and who are receptive even to bad news will be properly informed. Communicate downward to subordinates with at least the same care and attention as you communicate upward to superiors.” — Loren B. Belker, author of “The First-Time Manager”
“Frown on lapses of information. When people admit that they didn’t keep you informed, let them know that you don’t want this kind of protection.” — Thomas L. Quick, author of “Successful Team Building”
“Keep things informal. Talking is the natural way to do business. Writing is great for keeping records and putting down details, but talk generates ideas.” — Thomas Boone Pickens, Chairman of BP Capital Management
“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” — Mark Twain, American author