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The First Communication Secret

by Kevin Eikenberry on February 11, 2014

We all spend lots of time trying to get better at communicating. We practice writing better emails, we take public speaking courses, we try to tell stories to make our point, and lots more. And as important as all of that is (and it is), great communication isn’t just about sending a message, it is about assuring our message is received. Check out this short video to see what I mean.

In the end, communication has only occurred when the message you sent has been received completely by others. You will become a better communicator when you focus a bit more on the receiver and a bit less on your message – and when you stop assuming that the communication has occurred, just because you spoke.

Remember that you haven’t communicated successfully until your message has been received. @KevinEikenberry

For more resources on becoming a more successful communicator, check out the Communicating for Results workshop here.

And now I’d love to hear from you… What will you do to better clarify the messages you send – and receive? Leave a comment below and until next time, remember…

You are Remarkable!

 

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Lynn Gibson February 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

George Bernard Shaw once said “The problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Your article addresses the point well!

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Kevin Eikenberry February 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Lynn – thanks for your comment – that is a great quotation.

Kevin :)

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Anne Davis February 13, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Yes! It is so important to be proactive and anticipate the needs of the person you are talking to. Especially on interviews or when making a first impression:

http://linked2leadership.com/2014/01/30/hubris-the-megaphone-of-overblown-confidence/

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