Do you matter when you communicate? Every. Single Time. When you engage in any form of communication (even listening), it will impact you as a professional and on a personal level.
How effectively you communicate can yield these results your life.
It will directly factor into what kind of impression you make on other people.
Your compensation’s amount and composition.
If you get promoted or hired for a job.
Whether or not you win a new customer.
If you get fired.
If that special someone decides to go out with you.
Your ability to demonstrate to an instructor you know that course material.
These list items are also know as desired outcomes.
You have two options. First, you can do nothing. You can leave it to others to shape what other people think of you. Many, if not most, people take this path. They are convinced they cannot influence how others view them.
These people are right and they wrong. Right in that people will solely determine their opinion of you without your asserting yourself and your image. They are wrong in that each of us can influence what people think of of us and communicate effectively to get the outcomes we want at work and in our personal lives.
You are here for option number two - to learn effective communication practices. Accept that you can have an impact on what happens in your life. Connect with people. Share value. Build relationships with people.
This newsletter is about skills and a way of life. It’s about putting in the work others refuse to invest in themselves. Here we focus on using communication skills to work on getting our desired outcomes. They are likely work related. Perhaps they are personal.
You might be an employee, a student, an executive or an entrepreneur. Regardless of your role, communication is about you. Possessing knowledge is one part of the puzzle for achieving your desired outcomes. But it’s not enough.
Knowledge without application lacks value. Value is crafted in how that knowledge is communicated with other people so it can applied with intent for results. Having a set of skills is necessary, but how do you use them?
Perhaps you are a recent college graduate? Maybe you working or have re-entered the workforce. And you have a skill. Having a job is a ticket onto the stage of showing you can do something. It is just the beginning, not the end.
We get started in two videos below on communication purpose and why it matters to you.