Eccl. 9:17 (KJV) The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
The ability to communicate effectively is the most vital of all skills required to excel in the business world and in life generally.
Obviously, this skill outweighs technical expertise as the man who has the know-how will always answer to the man who has the ability to pull resources together, walk through barriers and get things done. That takes excellent communication skills among other things!
… the most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.
Why is a wise man’s whisper often louder than a fool’s cry? The major answer lies in the ability of the wise to communicate more effectively!
That leads to the first point we shall address on this subject, which is the general assumption that communication can only be verbal, written or visual. Nothing can be further from the truth!
Surprisingly, communication occurs every time and actually goes beyond speaking, writing or any form of visual or abstract art.
Essentially, communication is the skillful use of every available means and medium to relay, receive or interpret any message. It is the total package- the sum of what transpires between the effort and the feedback.
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. Joh. 8:6 (KJV)
Reality is that no vacuum exists as far as communication is concerned. Like it or not, we are always communicating! Besides, even silence speaks great volumes in communication – and can be a powerful tool when employed effectively!
Peter Ducker, the management guru, once said that the most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”
This is thought provoking because a vital part of communication is what isn’t being said…
Lord, please give me the voice of the wise, such that like Jesus, even my silence would speak louder than mere cries. Amen.
Funmi Adebayo © 2015