Powerful communicators capture attention and possess commanding persuasiveness. What is it that builds this kind of communication proficiency? I believe in today’s environment where talk is enveloped with words like ‘sustainability’, noble in its purest intent, the real core of what can be humanly controlled in competent communication are integrity and honesty. These two virtues travel inseparably, however, the bond can be and is periodically broken.
‘Honesty is the best policy’ is a statement so often expressed no one seems to know to whom to attribute it. No matter, it is true. Truthfulness is perhaps the cornerstone of honesty. Truth telling is projecting information in clear, concise and straightforward terms that are understandable and hopefully respectful in delivery. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Truth stands the test of time. It is the same today as it will be tomorrow; it is theorem, proven with out fail. When a promise is made it can be relied upon by others to be fulfilled.
Integrity then is consistency of actions congruous with values. Honesty is one of those values. While honesty is the heart issue of desiring to be truthful and upfront in communication, integrity is living out the deeds associated with the expression.
Here is what inspired this reflection: a young man of high regard posted a simple quote on facebook. “Your walk talks and your talk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.” While in quotes, it was not attributed. Nor need it be. The statement has been made by so many times in the same way and same intent that it has become public domain.
Powerful communication runs deep. How are you communicating to those around you today? Are you honest… faithful in your relationships… courageous in your beliefs… loving with your words… gentle in your approach… considerate in your thoughts?
Donald C. Lambert
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