Welcome to SpeakWriteListen.com!
The goal of this website is to make you a better communicator. There is much more to come, but my premise is simple:
* We all communicate * Better communication means better lives * Communication skills are learnable
We all communicate
We text, we tweet, we gossip, we grunt, we yell, we beg. From the moment we're born, even before we learn to speak, we're communicating our thoughts and intentions.
Communication is part of being human.
But just because we call communicate doesn't mean communication is easy.
Speaking, writing, and listening effectively is incredibly hard for most of us.
Public speaking is the number one fear in America.
This stuff is hard. But we all do it.
Better communication means better lives
Communication is key to healthy relationships, career advancement, and self-expression.
Communication skills are consistently one of the top in-demand skills for employers.
On the flip side, communication issues (or lack of communication skills) are one of the top reasons for couples therapy and divorce.
Communication skills are learnable
If you're not a natural communicator, you may feel like communication skills are a black box.
Online articles about communication are usually filled with vague and generic advice, with little that is actionable.
The top ranking article on Google for the search term "improving your communication skills" at the time this site is starting contains advice like "Make communication a priority" and "Develop your listening skills, too".
Sure, these things are great, but they're not very actionable. They're kind of like saying your key to getting in shape is to "make getting in shape a priority" and "develop your exercising skills too".
This type of vague and general advice does learners a disservice.
I believe communication skills are learnable, and our articles will be focused on giving you concrete things you can do to improve either your understanding or your skills.
This is a work in progress
We're in very early stages, but I have big plans for this site. Come along and join me for the ride!