Habit #9 – Communicate with Clarity and Precision
“If you just communicate you can get by. But if you skillfully communicate,
you can work miracles.” – Jim Rohn
Communicating with clarity can prevent misunderstandings and keep things running smoothly and peaceably. Ensuring clarity in communication is the responsibility of each individual, particularly since our performance is so frequently appraised based on our ability to effectively communicate.
Almost all our problems in life come because of lack of clarity. We say things but they don’t come out clearly. To be clear, stop and think, and then proceed slowly.
Another great way is to rephrase or repeat something if it’s clear that they didn’t get the message. Successful teachers have to work on this habit daily. If we want our boys to understand what we are teaching, rather than to simply memorise facts, we have to communicate with clarity and precision.
Our body language plays an important role. We may say the right words but our body language may indicate otherwise.
Key factors for this Habit include:
- Clarity is an often forgotten but important element of effective speaking.
- An honest response is always preferable to wriggling out of a question.
- Avoid trying to be clever, as you may come across as being insincere.
- Body language, especially eye contact and supportive gestures, are vital.
- Be as precise as possible in your answers in the limited time you have.
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Brigitte Theunissen – Deputy Head Academics