The Value of Being Direct in Communication
Communicating is not just saying what you need to say, but speaking on the level of the intended target so that they understand what you’re saying.
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We’ve all seen the results of what transpires from poor communication. Offense. Misunderstanding. Misguidance.
Good leaders speak to their team members regularly and keep them in the loop. Great leaders go further, in that they communicate well. Habakkuk the prophet tells us to “Write the vision; make it plain… so he may run who reads it.”
Why do we follow leaders, or vote for that congressman? It’s because we have confidence in them. We believe in them, and often because of what they have communicated to us. They have made the vision plain.
There are three key elements that are crucial to great communication - I call it the 3 ‘C’s of communication.
“Most likely to become the next TD Jakes,” the pastor, author and filmmaker who is the bishop of The Potter’s House – is what I always say about Bobby. He’s the one on our team that is passionate, energetic, intelligent beyond his years, and obsessed with fun facts. He often speaks in metaphors we don’t quite get, because the other members on the team are not exactly on his wavelength. My response to him, “Bobby, speak to us in a way that we will understand you!” He says OK, and proceeds to start over with his delivery.
Communicating is not just saying what you need to say, but speaking on the level of the intended target so that they understand what you’re saying. It is with the aim of leaving no questions.
Each member of your team will hear things differently. Speak their language clearly.
One of my favorite movies scenes is from Dumb & Dumber.
Mary Swanson, played by Lauren Holly, is so clear that she doesn’t want a relationship with Lloyd Christmas, played by Jim Carrey.
First she tries to avoid being brutally honest, telling him that his chances are “not good.”
To which Carrey follows up wanting to know more in detail, asking, “You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?”
She then replies “I’d say more like one out of a million.”
To her surprise, though, he responds, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance?”
Leave no room for doubt.
I love how concrete Jesus was when he drew the line in the sand. Concrete communication is speaking your clear thought in a direct way, so that no one walks away questioning.
Being concrete doe not give you a pass on your manners. Be nice.
That brings us to our final ‘C’.
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