Throughout my 30-year career as a professional entertainer & speaker, I’ve met thousands and thousands of people. Some days, I would be with some of the most well-known speakers and executives in the world and, other days, I would be surrounded by everyday Moms & Dads

I love discovering what makes people tick and, over the years, I’ve discovered something amazing.

I’ve discovered that it doesn’t matter what your background is, most of what you accomplish – in your career and your personal life – will be determined by 2 things:

1.       How well you get your message across

2.       How capable you are of inspiring people to act on your ideas and recommendations.

I’ve seen it time and time again. When you can communicate your message effectively, your personal and professional life will grow exponentially.

The problem is that so many people don’t communicate effectively.   I know this firsthand because, even though I was blessed with the gift of gab, I was not always a great communicator.

Oftentimes, getting our idea across has nothing to do with how well you can make small talk. It has everything to do with how well you communicate.  It’s because so many people overlook the difference – and because communication is a learned skill – I decided to lay out some tips to help you become a better more efficient communicator.

Become a Better and More Efficient Communicator

The more important the communication, either in business or personal life, the more important it is to prepare for it.

A good communicator is a good listener. Think about where the other person is coming from.

·         What is their point of view?

·         What are their problems or concerns?

·         What are they trying to accomplish?

·         How much knowledge of the subject do they have?

Words Matter

A lesson I learned the hard way is that the best communicators do not use a lot of words. They choose their words carefully, in advance.  People appreciate straight talk. There is no need to sugarcoat your message.

When you have a question or a concern, come right out and say it. In getting your point across, perhaps the most important word of all is the word “ask.” The most effective people are those who are the best at asking for what they want. They ask questions to uncover real needs and concerns.

How You Say It

You can say almost anything if you are friendly, pleasant and positive. It really is how you say it. The ability to communicate is a skill that you can learn by becoming genuinely interested in people and by putting their needs ahead of your own.

As my friend Bryan Flanagan would say – “Seek to understand – Then be understood.”

Take the first step to becoming successful presenter and get better results when selling your products, services, ideas and expertise. 

Click here and…Join me on May 28th for The Magic of Communication webinar as I share to some ideas, techniques and skills that you can use to speed up your progress toward becoming a powerful communicator.