First let me define what an effective communicator is. An effective communicator is someone who speaks and people listen. An effective communicator maintains the attention of his or her audience and an effective communicator would be able to leave about 75% of his or her audience knowing the main points of what it was that was being communicated. If the communication leaves room for misunderstanding it was not an effective communication.
If we want to become an effective communicator there are 3 things we must do consistently.
1. We must be slow to speak. Meaning we must think before we speak.
2. We must mean what we say.
3. We must do what we say.
(Since none of us are perfect, when we mess up we should be quick to admit it. It is better to admit it than be accused of it.)
The more we live our message the more influential our message will become. If we don’t know what we are saying, mean what we are saying or do what we are saying we have no right to influence anyone. Our integrity is what gives us the right to influence others. We must remember that our words only have as much authority as we have integrity. We must think before we speak, mean what we say and do what we say consistently if we want to become effective communicators.