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John Kline, PhD, inspirational and motivational keynote and after-dinner speaker and corporate trainer.December 2006

Motivating Others: Communicate Clearly

Each of the previous six columns presented a step to motivating others: inspire confidence, demonstrate enthusiasm, ask “what’s in it for others," delegate responsibly, help people learn from their mistakes and listen effectively. The seventh step is to communicate clearly.

  • Quite simply, clear communication enables others to understand what we want. Often the problem is not that people lack motivation to behave a certain way; they just don’t understand what is expected of them.
  • Clear communication portrays a positive image. People are more motivated and respond better to those who present the best image of the organization, the task at hand and themselves.

  • Communicators who communicate clearly and openly are perceived as being more honest and trustworthy. As we said last month, people are more motivated by people who they perceive to be honest and trustworthy.

  • Communication with others demonstrates positive regard for them and makes them feel more important; therefore, resulting in higher morale, better performance, more satisfaction and long term positive attitude.

  • Finally, clear communication is at the heart of all healthy relationships. Communication allows us to connect with others and thereby motivate them to perform well.

Your success in motivating others depends on your ability to communicate clearly with them. If you can’t communicate, don’t attempt to motivate. Next month we will look at another step to help you motivate others.

John Kline
Montgomery, Alabama
jkline@klinespeak.com

December 2006 - Motivating Others: Communicate Clearly
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