His disciples said to Him, “See, now, You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! Now we are sure that You know all things . . . By this we believe that You came forth from God.” John 16:29-30
The success of your marriage, job, and personal relationships all depend greatly on communication. People will not follow you if they don’t know what you want or where you are going. You can be a more effective communicator if you follow four truths:
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1. Simplify your message: The key to effective communication is simplicity. Forget about impressing people with big words or complex sentences. If you want to connect with people, keep it simple.
2. See the person: As you communicate with people – whether individuals or groups – ask yourself these questions: Who is my audience? What are their questions? What needs to be accomplished?
3. Show the truth: Credibility precedes great communication. Believe in what you say. Then, live what you say. There is no greater credibility than conviction in action.
4. Seek a response: As you communicate, never forget that the goal of all communication is action. Every time you speak to people, give them something to feel, something to remember, and something to do.