Five questions that will improve your communication skills.
Recently, my friend Jim Garlow met with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. As usual, their discussion included political strategy, national issues, and biblical principles.
On his Facebook page Dr. Garlow, a bestselling author and megachurch pastor, said the conversation took an unexpected turn. “He gave a passionate and anointed appeal for the proclamation of the Cross of Jesus as the only true answer for our nation and our world.”
The proclamation of the Easter story is worthy of communication at its highest level!
But leadership includes a plethora of messages, both sent and received. Effective communication is the process of delivering a message in such a way that it will result in positive change. Public speakers are plenteous, but there are fewer effective communicators. Connecting with your constituency is key to quality leadership.
You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere. | Lee Iacocca
There are five leading questions that will improve what you say, and how you say it:
- Is it honest, without being petty?
- Will it bring hope or help? Or will it bring hurt?
- Will the giver and the receiver be better because of it?
- Does it reflect the attitude of Jesus Christ?
- Will the receiver learn something positive from the communication?
The art of communication is the language of leadership.” | James Humes
Learning to be a leader means learning to be a communicator. Leadership principles are useless unless they are put into words and action. Poet William Yeates said, “Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.”
Spirit-controlled words, spoken or written, will always be in the language of the people.