Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.
-- Earl Wilson

 

   

The MONTHLY Motivator - February 2005

Communication skills

Pssst. Want to know a secret? Want to hear one word that can sum up a world of opportunity? In one word, it is -- communicate. The biggest opportunities of our day are available to those who can communicate most effectively.

We live in a world that rises and falls on the quality of communication. Do you want to earn more money? Then learn how to communicate better. Do you want to be more highly admired? Then improve your ability to communicate. Do you want to truly make a positive and meaningful difference in the world? Then work on better developing your communication skills.

Look at the world around you and you’ll see a world that thrives on communication. The explosive growth of the Internet in the last few years is all about communication. Other communication technologies, including wireless telephone and data, satellite, audio, video, fiber optics and others, drive the world’s largest, fastest growing and most successful industries. The opportunities for the average person to engage in meaningful, affordable communication grow on a daily basis. High technology devices and services are increasingly connecting us to each other, breaking down the material barriers of time and space. The ability to communicate is the most widespread and fastest growing wealth-producing resource of our time. Those who understand this, and who take advantage of the growing opportunities for communication, can significantly improve the quality of their own lives, as well as the lives of many others, through the use of effective communication.

Communication skills are much more than just an impressive-sounding phrase on a job application. Communication skills are essential to success in every area of life. Those who are most successful in the world today, those who make the biggest positive difference for the largest number of people, are those who have harnessed and effectively utilized the ability to communicate. In business, health, travel, sports, spirituality, relationships, parenting, leisure, education, and just about any other endeavor you can name, communication skills play a major role. Without question, the more effectively you can communicate, the more successful you will be.

So lets take a look at effective communication, and discuss ways in which you can take advantage of this powerful resource -- the ability to communicate -- which has recently become so abundant and widely available.


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