Your homework today:
Step 1 – Observe a couple of peers that are great communicators.
Step 2 – Similarly pick out a couple of people in your world that miss the mark as communicators. When they start talking you get itchy and reach for your device, you take off your glasses, you stop listening, you turn off your video on your zoom call.
Step 3 – Once you’ve identified these good and not so good communicators, ask yourself, “Why?”. What are they doing to gain traction or to lose your interest?
Some answers from my clients (no names revealed!) –
Good communicators: Conversational, humorous, audience focused, sounds spontaneous, listens well, commanding, builds relationships, stays focused on the message, passionate, direct, believes in product, believes in self, shows confidence, good posture, looks sharp, respectful, inclusive, engaging, thankful.
This compilation shows the following – an effective communicator excels at:
- Content – Sharing your knowledge, showing your gravitas and creating credibility.
- Context – Setting the stage and knowing it’s about audience engagement & shared comprehension.
- Self-awareness – Having an innate belief in yourself and your topic.
- Other-awareness – Creating an environment that increases relationship capital… which will increase financial capital.
Next week’s blog will focus on the flip side – the characteristics of struggling communicators and how to turn that around.
Back to your homework. Do it and send to us! This exercise forces you to observe with purpose. By doing so YOU will become an even more effective communicator.
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Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., author of 2 books and President of Speak For Yourself®, works with decision makers on how to speak with gravitas. It’s all in how you speak for yourself. Karen also speaks about her cousin, #AlbertEinstein, in a message about hope, resilience and brassieres.
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