Reason for this Goal: Good communication skill is essential for life, whether it’s for good relationships with our friends and family, or for developing within our chosen career. If your communication skills, such as talking, speaking, listening, and writing, are poor, they will limit your success in some key areas.
There are hundreds of books and courses available to read and attend that will help you in these areas. Decide which of these skills are in areas you need to improve on, and which will help you the most, and develop a plan. Dale Carnegie, a legendary person in the self-help field, developed a program called The Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations. It is a learn-by-doing based program. It was founded in 1912, and is represented in over 90 countries. More than 8 million people have completed Dale Carnegie Training.
Of all the communication skills, many successful people, at some point in their life or career, will need to speak publicly. One of the biggest fears people have, sometimes more than dying, is the fear of public speaking. If you can overcome this fear and make it a strength (or, at a minimum, something you can do with a reasonable comfort level), you will advance your life. You will get promoted faster. You will be able to inspire others to action.
Examples of times in which you will be called on to speak in public include . . .
As my daughter pointed out to me while writing this book, not everyone is going to want to embrace public speaking as something they want to aspire towards. Choose an important communication skill to work on instead, and realize that communicating well is a key life skill. The areas to work on include:
One of the best ways to develop your communication skill and become comfortable—and even good—with public speaking, is to join your local Toastmasters chapter. There are chapters in most cities throughout the world. I joined Toastmasters after accepting an invitation to speak about my career in the Bids and Proposals field. It is a positive and nurturing environment, with people that help you learn and develop. The cost is reasonable, and the classes are held weekly.
Some people are gifted communicators, but others, like myself, need to constantly work at it. It was one of the best decisions I made as I learned how to be a public speaker, a skill which I've used many times since in both my professional and personal life.
Suggested Target Goal: Join Toastmasters and obtain the 1st level of mastery.
Outrageous Goal: Become the best communicator in your company or chosen career and become a good leader.