The 10 Cs of Effective Communication

If you are not getting the feedback or the results that you are expecting, the problem could be entrenched in the way you are communicating; not just in what you are saying. If you do not want your message to be taken the wrong way, take heed of the counsel of the experts.

 1. CLARITY

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. -Oliver Wendell Holmes

2. CONCISENESS: 

Deliver your words not by number but by weight. -Proverb

3. CORRECTNESS:

When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on the language of the first. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. COHERENCE:

To communicate, put your words in order; give them a purpose; use them to persuade, to instruct, to discover, to seduce. - William Safire

5. COMPLETENESS:

Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know. -Jim Rohn

 6. CREATIVITY:

The first ingredient in conversation is truth: the next good sense; the third, good humor; and the fourth wit. -Sir William Temple

7. CONSIDERATION:

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. -Tony Robbins

8. COMPETENCE:

There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience. -Alexander Gregg 

9. CONFIDENCE: 

Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to carry on with dignity in spite of it. -Scott Turow

 10. CREDIBILITY:

I gave a speech in Omaha. After the speech I went to a reception elsewhere in town. A sweet old lady came up to me, put her gloved hand in mine, and said,” “I hear you spoke here tonight.” “Oh, it was nothing,” I replied modestly. “Yes,” the little old lady nodded, “that’s what I heard.” - Gerald R. Ford

People are not difficult, they are just different.

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