Read A Book; Speak Clearly and Effectively – Can you do both of these well?
It Couldn’t Hurt, could it? No one ever lost ground because they were good at reading books. OR because they were good in front of an audience.
We know this; but we don’t work on it. And that’s a mistake.
How long has it been since you’ve made a list of skills that you wish you were better at?
There is an increasingly amount of self-evaluation to tackle these days. To know what you can do well; and then to know what you could add to that list of skills, and traits… This is the ongoing challenge in this fast-paced world we work in.
The list of “hard skills” is long; how to use a spread sheet, how to write computer code, how to design slides, how to…
And, of course, there are other skills such as time management skills, and traits such as being an ethical person. (How do you trust any company led by an unethical leader, or leadership team?).
Here are a couple of skills that are obvious, but…too frequently ignored.
One such skill is the ability to read, and then actually learn from, a book.
Another such skill is the ability to get up in front of a group and hold their attention well enough to get your points across.
And, these two actually go together. It is pretty tough to be a good speaker without having something good and useful to say.
So work at both.
Don’t just read the next book you read. Study it. Underline it. Outline it. Find the key transferable principles and lessons. Put it into practice.
And don’t just go through the motions when you speak in front of others. Stand up straight. Belt out your words loudly and clearly. Construct your thoughts in a clear, compelling, fully understandable flow of points and lessons.
These are just two such areas to tackle. I suspect you have others. I know I do…
It’s time to get better at getting better.
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