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Okay, I admit that I am being a little overdramatic for my first post. Communication skills are obviously not everything. But they are definitely important.
Disagree if you want to, but I think that improved communication skills can make us:
Not bad. I think we would all take more of any of these things if we could.
1. Healthier. Communication skills can improve our health because they can lower stress. How is that possible? Imagine if your relationships were better, in both personal and professional situations. Imagine if I'm right about the other two things on the list - happier and richer. Those things can definitely lower our stress levels, and make us healthier as a result.
If health is a priority for you, then it's time to add communicating better to your goals of eating, exercising, and sleeping better too.
2. Happier. If improved communication skills made all of your relationships better, it makes sense that you would be happier at home, happier at work, and generally happier in every area of your life. If you think about challenges that you have had in past relationships in your life, you would probably realize that a lot of problems were caused by bad communication, or lack of it. An improvement in your ability to communicate could help the way you relate to your spouse, friends, and business contacts. Sign me up.
3. Richer. As a business coach, this is obviously the area that I focus on most. I am a huge believer in the benefit of communication skills in professional situations. Bad communication skills will make you look bad. Good ones will make you look just like everyone else. But great communication skills will separate you from the crowd.
Communication shows up in many areas in our professional lives. We may have to give a presentation to potential clients, talk to strangers at a networking event, or write an email explaining the latest objectives to employees. The possibilities are endless.
Communication can be the difference in getting a deal done or making it fail, it can be the reason for a promotion or the reason for getting fired, and on and on. There is a lot riding on your ability to understand others and be understood.
So, what is the point of this discussion? If communication skills can do so much for us, then what are you waiting for? It is time to prioritize them and start working on improving your ability to communicate as soon as possible.
Thank you for reading.
Do you agree or disagree? I would love to see your comments.