Couldn’t have said it better myself

29 10 2010

Successful people in all lines of work pay close attention to how they communicate.

They understand that how you communicate affects how people perceive you, and how people perceive you affects how they interact with you.

But don’t take my word for it. Check out what these 10 intellects and leaders have to say about the power of words:

“Communication — the human connection — is the key to personal and career success.”
Paul J. Meyer, businessman, author, philanthropist

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.”
Lee Iacocca, businessman, author

“Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair-trigger balances, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.”
James Thurber, author, cartoonist

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
Rudyard Kipling, author

“Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.”
Brian Tracy, author

“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.”
Arthur Polotnik, editor

“We take communication for granted because we do it so frequently, but it’s actually a complex process.”
Joseph Sommerville, communication consultant, author

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, novelist, short story writer

“Communication can’t always follow the top-down model. With the fluidity of information in business today, leaders need to be masterful listeners; they need to be able to receive as well as send.”
Joseph Badaracco, professor of business ethics at Harvard

“Regardless of the changes in technology, the market for well-crafted messages will always have an audience.”
Steve Burnett, marketing communications executive

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