Effective Communication Skills: Sauce and Salt of Daily Life


A delicious dish full of different spices and flavours is tasteless without salt and sauce, similarly a person enriched with ample knowledge and information may not achieve deserving success of various aspects of his/her life without effective communication skill. I would like to quote this excerpt from an article written by by Greg Satell, a bestseller author, speaker and frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review,

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“When I was in high school, a man came to speak about Winston Churchill. Mostly, it was the usual mix of historical events and anecdotes, which in Churchill’s case was a potent mixture of the poignant, the irreverent and the hilarious.  But what I remember best was how the talk ended.

The speaker concluded by saying that if we were to remember one thing about Churchill it should be that what made him so effective was his power to communicate.  I didn't understand that at the time.  Growing up I had always heard about the importance of hard work, honesty and other things, but never communication.”

The last line quoted by Mr. Satell is very true. We have been studying so many subjects since our childhood and some continue their pursuits with specializations, but we are very much careless about the improvement of communication skill which is the key to all success. All of us know that one and only subject throughout the career of our academics we read is English in different forms as English language and literature, communication skill, reading and comprehension, effective listening and more. All of this are the various forms of communication skills in English.

Good communication skills are an essential requirement for professionals, from all kinds of backgrounds. For instance, an educator, who can discuss well with students, is successful to motivate them to learn and take an interest in the class. The communicator needs to be able to identify dormant participants and encourage them to come forth with their views without seeming overly patronizing. All this is impossible unless the facilitator has good communication abilities coupled with a natural empathy towards fellow beings.

Effective and good communication is as stimulating as a cup of black tea and just as difficult as to dose off afterwards. Communication does not rely upon sentence structure, persuasiveness, talk or enunciation; yet on the enthusiastic setting in which the message is being heard. Indeed, even the choicest words lose their capacity when they are utilized to overpower. Plato very truly said,

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”