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Communication Requires Listening Too

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Some of us who have experienced adversity — as a survivor, caregiver, or practitioner — have a little more difficulty expressing ourselves than those who have never experienced adversity. If you have a spouse, family, friends, employer, co-workers, neighbors, medical practitioners, caregivers, classmates, or any associate, communication is essential to your success. This post is not offered as an excuse, but rather as a statement of fact. The good news is the solution to being a better communicator is fairly simple if you know what to do.


Communication involves both speaking and listening. Although speaking and listening come naturally to some of us, others could benefit from a few tips and some practice. Organizations such as Toastmasters International exist because people across the world acknowledge the benefits of improving their speaking and listening skills in a safe environment. Whether or not you are a member of a Toastmasters club, the following skills will help you speak and listen more effectively.

Speaking Tips

  • Speak loud enough so others can hear you, but not so loudly your voice is annoying.
  • Make your message concise and meaningful.
  • Fill your speech with action-oriented words, body language, gestures, and eye contact.
  • Address solutions, not problems

Listening Tips

  • Pay attention to the speaker rather than multitask.
  • Listen to the speaker’s message and pay attention to the speaker’s emotion.
  • Confirm your understanding of the speaker’s message.
  • Remain attentive, patient, and nonjudgmental.


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Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

2 Responses to “Communication Requires Listening Too”

  • pawan says:

    Yes ! Clear communications are very important .so above mentioned actions are part of it.Good.

    • Scott says:

      Pawan, the primary fault with education in the United States seems to be the emphasis on fact rather than communication of results. Facts help you determine results, but information that is not shared or shared poorly is essentially useless.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.