I am reading the book, Sharpen Your Verbal Edge, written by my friend and First Fridays regular, Elizabeth MacDonald. Unless you live and work in a cave…alone…not ever communicating with anyone, you MUST buy this book. It will truly help you become a better communicator!
Elizabeth really got my attention when she wrote the following:
“How important are communication skills? According to training development specialist Shirley Fine Lee, when people are terminated, 80% of the time, it is because of their lack of leadership or people skills.
Here’s where it gets interesting: 80% of people are hired because of their competence…when people come on board with subpar communication skills, those inadequacies eventually surface and unforeseen challenges arise.”
If you are a manager or leader at your organization, you are expected to:
- Give presentations
- Coach/Counsel employees for improved performance results
- Engage with the community through networking and business building
- Write professionally
If you find communication challenging, then I recommend you purchase this book. It WILL help you. And I know that Elizabeth would welcome the opportunity to directly coach you. She can help you hone your communication skills that will cause others to take notice – in the best possible way! My company has brought her in to speak to our entire staff – she is engaging, funny, practical, energetic, and effective.
If you would like more information, please visit Elizabeth’s website at The Verbal Edge.