Clear and confident communication takes work and intentionality. Following these 10 Commandments of Communication will allow you to cultivate a cool, calm, collected and professional communication style. The sooner we put these rules into play, the sooner we will experience abundant accomplishments.
Below are the 10 Commandments of Communication that I follow to prepare for any one-on-one, presentation, or speech:
- I shall match the tone of my voice and my body language with the message I want to communicate.
- I shall be honest, open and willing to hear the other points of view with enthusiasm.
- When it’s showtime, I shall shift the attention and nervousness away from myself and concentrate on the message I want my audience to receive.
- I shall rehearse my points or conversation with the end result in mind, at least once for a one on one and five times for a larger audience.
- I shall summarize at the end with a plan of action and the rationale why.
- I shall be authentic in my delivery, be willing to tackle tough questions with sincerity, and handle frivolous questions at the end of a presentation.
- I shall remember I was given two ears and one mouth for reason-to take the time to listen and validate the other persons point of view, whether or not I agree, and without judgment.
- I shall deliver negative news with facts and honesty about a situation and an expectation of communicating future information as it becomes available.
- I shall know my audience, and adjust my content and delivery. I shall be cognizant my delivery isn’t condescending by talking up or down to my audience.
- I shall deliver my message with clarity of facts, not opinions, unless asked. I shall keep my message simple as such that a novelist on the topic could understand.
Which “commandment” of communication will you put into play first? Let me know on Twitter @MarjaNorris!