In celebration of the extra day off yesterday and, of course, the birth of two founding fathers, I wanted to pass along some communication tips from on of my personal favs-- Lincoln. We all think of him as an amazing writer and speaker but he's also a "go to" for tips and tricks for influencing people. In addition to his leadership legacy, he was an outstanding conversationalist.
Communication skills are linked to our overall effectiveness in ways that are difficult to quantify. However, we all intuitively understand that moving people whether that's a large group or one-on-one is a highly desirable skill that should be studied and practiced.
Here are a couple of his communication principles* that are as applicable today as when our country was deeply divided and struggling with a number of social, individual rights, and role of government issues.
- Take every opportunity to speak. It's great practice and opens doors to new audiences and supporters.
- Continuously refine your work. Nothing is every finished until it's delivered-- either the speech given or piece published.
- Pair written documents with verbal discussions. The ability to flexibly articulate an idea helps increase interest and understanding.
- Be your organization's best stump-speaker. Let your passion and personality shine through.
Enjoy the snow day!
*These principles were adapted from Lincoln on Leadership, by Donald T. Phillips