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10 Ways Successful People Communicate With Others

10 Ways Successful People Communicate With Others

Every great leader is a great communicator. Great leaders are intentional about their communication. They know how they show up matters, every single day. They strive to form connections with others. They influence and inspire others to do their best. Master these ways successful people communicate and watch your leadership skills soar.

1. They Are Skilled at Reading Body Language

Successful communicators know that posture doesn’t always provide good indications about someone’s feelings. Instead, they learn to pick up on subtle cues. They are experts at picking up on micro expressions, which are very brief facial expressions that occur when people conceal their feelings. Excellent communicators have learned to read these very slight facial cues that last only a fraction of a second. They tailor their messages as they go, based on these tiny cues, in order to maximize their influence. Dr. Paul Ekman, a prominent psychologist and researcher, has studied nonverbal behavior and has developed a training program to read micro expressions. Check out www.paulekman.com to learn more.

2. They Are Honest

Great leaders know that information full of half-truths causes mistrust. They are honest with others. When they’re unable to share classified information, they say exactly that. When they are able to relay messages, they give concise and clear messages without a bunch of fluff.

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3. They Don’t Micromanage

Great communicators don’t demand control of the details. They delegate effectively. They instill a sense of confidence in others, empowering them to do their best. They are positive and encouraging. They enable others to expand beyond their comfort zones to achieve their goals.

4. They Don’t Waste Other People’s Time

Excellent communicators don’t hold meetings just for the sake of holding meetings. They understand the value of someone else’s time. They inform others of their clear agendas and specific goals for each meeting they lead.

5. They Hold Themselves Accountable

The best leaders know they’re not perfect. They don’t wait for the general public to discover their blunders before admitting them. They don’t conceal when they’ve wronged others. Great communicators say things like “I’m sorry,” and “It was my fault.”

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6. They Give Credit

Great communicators give credit where it’s due. They know the significance of making others feel valued, important, and appreciated. They take time to thank others privately and publicly.

7. They Speak with Confidence

Successful leaders speak with authority and confidence. They understand the value of appropriate tone and effectively timed pauses. They don’t bury their heads in the sand when tough messages need to be delivered. They deliver information powerfully, tactfully, and poised.

8. They Are Excellent Listeners

Great leaders have mastered their listening skills. They are actively engaged in every conversation. They don’t let their minds wander when someone is talking to them. They focus on understanding what the other person is saying instead of thinking about what they’re going to say next.

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9. They Ask Questions

The best communicators ask questions to make sure they’ve heard someone’s message correctly. They realize pertinent information can get lost if it’s not fully understood, so they ask for clarification when needed. They also realize they don’t have all the answers on every subject.They recognize when they need the expertise of others, and ask questions for guidance when appropriate.

10. They Invest in Others

Great leaders strive to learn what motivates and inspires others. They invest time and energy into learning what lights people on fire. They know that building up someone’s strengths and fueling their passion promotes innovation. Successful communicators cultivate an environment where others can maximize their natural talents as they work toward achieving their goals.

In Conclusion

Successful people have mastered the art of communication. They value honesty and authenticity in relationships. They lead with intention and clarity and fully understand the importance of excellent communication. By developing your communication skills, your success will soar.

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Featured photo credit: Steve Jurvetson/Planet Explorers debut with Will Marshall’s TED Talk via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 16, 2019

The Daily Rituals of 7 Successful CEOs

The Daily Rituals of 7 Successful CEOs

One of my favorite success quotes ever comes from one of the original and most successful ‘CEOs’ of his era: Aristotle. Here’s what he said:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

This advice is just as sound today as it was when Aristotle first expressed it, way back when. I’m reminded of this at least once a week, when I interview an inspiring author, leader, or successful CEO on my show. I ask my guests a series of questions about what has contributed to their success and their ability to build something meaningful.

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You want to know what nearly all of them say? Almost every time, they respond by telling me that their success is the result of simple habits  enacted day after day.

These quotes from seven successful CEOs demonstrate the daily rituals that have contributed to their success:

1. Promote what you love.

“It’s so much better to promote what you love than to bash what you hate.” – Jessica Alba, CEO of The Honest Company

2. Develop a feedback loop.

“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” – Elon Musk, CEO of TESLA Motors

3. Create things that are better, not just “different.”

“Our task today is to find singular ways to create the new things that will make the future not just different, but better—to go from 0 to 1. The essential first step is to think for yourself. Only by seeing our world anew, as fresh and strange as it was to the ancients who saw it first, can we both re-create it and preserve it for the future.” – Peter Thiel, CEO of Palantir and best-selling author of Zero To One.

4. Meditate.

“Meditate. Breathe consciously. Listen. Pay attention. Treasure every moment. Make the connection.” – Oprah Winfrey, CEO of OWN Network

5. Read every day.

“Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest.”-Warren Buffet, CEO of investment firm Berkshire-Hathaway

6. Block time for email.

“Set aside a 20- to 30-minute chunk of time two or three times a day for email. Do not check continually through the day.” – Doug Camplejohn, CEO of predictive lead marketing company FlipTop.

7. Make your customers happy.

“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.” – Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com

Develop the right rituals. Become a successful CEO.

If the majority of these daily habits are new to you, avoid making the crucial mistake of adopting all of these habits at once. Research on habit-formation indicates that lasting habits are formed one at a time.

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For example, let’s say you’re excited about developing the following daily habits:

  • daily reading,
  • daily meditation, and
  • updating your to-do list every night

Let’s say that daily reading is the one that excites you the most out of the three habits noted above. It would be wise of you to begin by choosing and scheduling time to read every day, and then sticking to that time until it becomes a habit. Once it feels effortless and automatic, you’ll know that you’ve turned it into a daily habit. Now you’re ready to install the next habit… and the next… Until before you know it, you’ll start looking in the mirror and seeing the reflection of a successful CEO.

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