“Clarity inspires trust. Clarity inspires faith.” You, Inc. – by Harry Beckwith and Christine Clifford
Speaking With Clarity
I’ve been reading lately about public speaking. It is emphasized repeatedly how important it is to be very clear, whether you are writing or speaking, so that you cannot be misunderstood.
According to You Inc., people serving on juries regard ‘clarity’ as the signal trait of a true expert. If your words are crystal clear, then people are automatically more likely to trust you and have faith in you. An ability to speak clearly, so people cannot misunderstand, is more important than awards and professional accomplishments.
Don’t Be Afraid to Say Hard Things
I used to dance around tough issues. I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, or put anyone on the spot. I wanted everyone to like me. But one of the greatest lessons that I have learned in my midlife divorce recovery journey is that it’s okay to say exactly what I mean. That it’s actually detrimental to my relationships at work, with my children, with my wasband, if I’m not clear about what I want.
The fact is, people like us better when we clearly say what we want and what we expect. It saves time and energy that is wasted later when conflict arises because someone didn’t really mean what they said. Think about what you want to say before you speak, then deliver it with confidence and precision. “Those who can express themselves in words that cannot be misunderstood have more power and more value.”
Today, let’s all try saying what we mean straightforwardly, without embarrassment or fear, and see what happens.