How much time do you spend every single day at work communicating with others? For a lot of people, the answer is the majority of their day. Between crafting emails, engaging in an instant messaging conversation, chatting with a colleague in the hall, hosting a staff meeting, giving a presentation, and so on, it's easy to see why.
In light of this, bad or ineffective communication can easily derail your ability and your colleague's ability to do your jobs as effectively as possible. For that reason, it is imperative that you are constantly looking for ways to develop and improve your communication skills.
Need a push to get started? The following list of communication quotes is sure to provide you with a healthy dose of inspiration and motivation.
"Communication is not about speaking what we think. Communication is about ensuring others hear what we mean." - Simon Sinek
“A lack of communication breeds assumptions of what the other person is thinking or feeling. Assumptions are, more often than not, incorrect.” - Misty Lynn Walker
“A person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations they are willing to have." - Timothy Ferriss
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." - Albert Einstein
“The way we communicate with others and ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives." - Tony Robbins
"Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life." - Brian Tracy
“If you think communication is all talking, you haven't been listening." - Ashleigh Brilliant
"The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them." - Ralph G. Nichols
"Great communication begins with connection." - Oprah
"There are always three speeches for everyone one you gave - the one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave." - Dale Carnegie
"People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude." - John C. Maxwell
"If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles." - Jim Rohn
"There's a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak." - Simon Sinek
"You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere." - Lee Iacocca
"Silence is a form of communication too. Sometimes less is more." - Pat Summitt
"Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble." - Yehuda Berg
"Think like a wise person but communicate in the language of the people." - William Butler Yeats
"The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said." - Peter Drucker
"The difference between mere management and leadership is communication." - Winston Churchill
“The way you communicate reveals everything about you. Words are the clothes your thoughts wear.” - Amanda Patterson
"An absence of effective communication will ultimately lead to conflict." - John Hoover