Great Communicating Thoughts

Great communicating thoughts from Nido Qubein – one of the best communicators out there. This list is in his recent “Executive Briefings,” and I thought I would cut it down to just the best – but they ALL have value and give food for thought – so here in it’s entirety:

  • Competence leads to confidence.
  • Don’t interrupt, but be interruptible.
  • Leave every person feeling better for having talked to you — they’ll be happy to see you next time.
  • Say what you mean, precisely what you mean, and only what you mean.
  • When you’re thinking ahead, you can’t hear what’s being said.
  • Forget your ability to think faster than another person talks — everybody has it, but only the foolish use it.
  • Listen at least twice as much as you talk — others will hear twice as much of what you say.
  • It’s our enemies from whom we learn the most.
  • Talking when nobody is listening is as futile as trying to cut paper with half a pair of scissors
  • If you create tension, you get resistance. If you create trust, you get response.
  • Objections are what symptoms are to the medical doctor. They point to a problem that must be dealt with.
  • Personal communication is hindered by hasty assumptions.
  • Self-centered people tend to monopolize the talking. Secure people tend to monopolize the listening.
  • You’re wasting your time when you try to answer questions people are not asking.
  • A “monologue in duet” happens when I think up what I’m going to say while you’re saying what you thought up while I was talking.
  • With life-long education, learning becomes a renewable resource.
  • Make it a habit to say nice things about yourself, to yourself. You’ll find that you like yourself better.
  • The key to your success is to be sensitive enough to understand what other people want, and generous enough to help them get it.
  • Pay attention to others and they will pay attention to you.
  • Be interesting by being interested.
  • The genius who can’t communicate is intellectually impotent.
  • The leader who can’t communicate can’t create the conditions that motivate.
  • The organization that can’t communicate can’t change, and the corporation that can’t change is dead.