Most outstanding leaders are great communicators. A few of the people who come to mind thinking about great leaders are the likes of Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Barack Obama, Mark Twain, Oprah. I scoured the web looking for shorts inspirational quotes to inspire me in becoming a better communicator. communication-icons Here are the top five on my list of quotes to inspire you to become a better communicator:

It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. Mark Twain

Lesson: You should be constantly practicing to become a better communicator. The next words that come out of you (speaking or writing) have the potential to unlock the opportunity that will open the next chapter to your life.

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said. Peter Drucker

Lesson: Become aware that there is more to communication than the words you use to get your message across. Listen to the listening of your listeners. Be responsive to the silent communication that takes place around and within you.

Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know. Jim Rohn

Lesson: Whatever you have to say, say it with so much passion and enthusiasm that even if the message is not clear, your audience can feel your passion. In most debates, those who feel more strongly about their convictions win over those who merely speak well about theirs.

Communication works for those who work at it. John Powell

Lesson: The only way to become a great communicator, is to communicate as much as  you possibly can. There is no substitute for practice if you are to develop a skill that is important to you, any skill.

My belief is that communication is the best way to create strong relationships. Jada Pinkett Smith

Lesson: No man is an island. We grow from people and projects. Relating to people effectively involves developing strong relationship which takes great communication skills. The people with the best communication skills have the strongest relationships.

What are some of the quotes, or  thoughts that inspire you to to become a better communicator?

This post is day 7 of One hundred words every day for 10 days. Total: 357 words.