Are you a professional communicator, someone who communicates for a living?
Actually, as we pointed out at a recent Mack Communications training presentation, it's a trick question. We are all professional communicators because we all need to communicate to do our jobs.
Think about all of the people you have to communicate with on a daily basis: coworkers, supervisors, peers, customers, the public. It can be overwhelming, but it shouldn't be.
The bottom line is, everyone communicates. You don't have to be great to communicate. You don't have to have a title. You don't need a lot of money. You don't have to have any advanced degrees. In fact, you don't necessarily have to say things in just the right way.
All you really need is the desire to communicate, the courage to communicate and the willingness to communicate. You have to want to reach out and get your message across. You also have to have the courage to put yourself out there, knowing that some people might reject what you have to say. And you have to be willing to participate, to get involved with others and listen to what they have to say.
Bottom line: communication isn't so much about what we say or how we say it. It's about whether we connect with others. Did they understand the message we were trying to get across?
Communication is truly a gift. Let's put it to good use.
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