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Interpersonal Skills: Communicating with Power

powerful communicationThis is the third post in a series focusing on the interpersonal skill of communications

In the initial post I discussed how communication is the exchange of information between two or more people. Last week’s post focused on the importance of questions, not only to solicit the specific information you seek, but the way in which well-crafted questions can create the space for an engaging conversation. This week I explore the power of communication: how communication can influence, persuade, or make an impact; how self-confidence, credibility, and effectiveness are associated with powerful communication.

Here are some ways for you to enhance the power of your verbal communications:

Words are powerful tools of communication. Indeed, word choice can easily influence the thoughts, attitudes, and behavior of the people listening to us. Similarly, proper attention to the language of others can give us insight to what they are really saying, helping us to respond appropriately and effectively.

Using non-verbal communication can also be a significant in connecting with others. More about that in next week’s post.



John Whitehead, coaches individuals and organizations in becoming more effective by helping them improve their interpersonal communications, emotional intelligence and resiliency.

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