Guy Kawasaki recently posted a link on Facebook to Decker's Top Ten Best and Worst Communicators. Some of these are sure to be remembered for a long, long time ("legitimate rape" anyone?), but yet how many of us work on our communication in any real way?
As we make all of our New Year's Resolutions this year about all the things we want to improve, how about adding communication to that list? It is the one thing that affects every single other area of our lives. It can make the difference between success and failure, being liked or being hated, sharing your message with the world or being ignored. And it is one thing we just can't afford to ignore.
And like I always tell my clients, goals mean nothing if they are not SMART. So here are some achievable things you can do to get you on the right track.
1) Join your local Toastmasters Club
2) Add some books to your reading list about communication such as:
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Hidden Messages: What Our Words and Actions Are Really Telling Our Children
How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleWhat Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People
3) Ask those close to you what your communication strengths and weaknesses are and be ready to listen!
4) Improve your social media habits by creating a consistent routine to build relationships online.
What would you add to this list? What other books should be on everyone's reading list this year to improve communication?