Great post by Michael Hyatt (I believe originally from Ken Davis) on being an effective communicator. Great stuff!
Listen to most presentations and you will hear a litany of stories half submerged in what might be major points—or maybe just another story.
Regardless, 75 percent of the people leave a presentation with no idea what the point of the message was. Even worse, 50 percent of speakers can’t identify the objective of their own talk.
During my thirty-five years as a professional speaker, I have been constantly asked the secret to being a powerful communicator. My experience with audiences of all sizes and from all walks of life have taught me that, whether speaking to twelve people in a board room or fifty-five thousand in a stadium, effective communicators share four characteristics:
Effective communicators know how to prepare a message with a singular and crystal clear focus.
- If you know where you are going, you can take anyone with you.
- If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.
Effective communicators know how to read an audience and are able to customize their presentation to make that audience want to listen.
- Until the audience is engaged, communication has not taken place.
- An engaging presentation puts people on the edge of their seats.
Effective communicators are passionate about their subject.
- They pour every part of their being into the presentation.
- If the subject is not worthy of your passion, it should be distributed in a memo.
Effective communicators leave the audience no doubt about how to benefit from the objective of the talk.
- They call people to action.
- They make it easy to respond.
How do you relate to these thoughts as a communicator?
Have a heart.
Or a nose.
Or an ear.
Or a windpipe.
You can have any of these, at a cost of course. Scientists are now growing body parts in a lab. Sound like something from Invasion of the Body Snatchers? It’s not. Science fiction has merged with reality.
According to this article in The Wall Street Journal, researchers in Madrid are using stem cells to create man-made body parts. They have been unable to recreate the building blocks, to this point, that are necessary to grow complex organs from ‘scratch,’ so they are using healthy parts not available for transplants to create usable structures. These “scaffolds” create the framework for the stem cells to go to work and create the necessary parts to make the structure come alive, so to speak.
Several lab grown windpipes have already been successfully implanted. A nose transplant for a man who lost his nose to cancer is set to be installed in November of 2013. The trouble, as the article notes, is that scientists still cannot recreate realistic skin. They are getting around that with the nose implant by putting it under the skin of the man’s forearm! Can you imagine? A nose on your forearm?? For months while the skin grows around it! Fascinating… especially if the nose allowed you to smell while it was on your arm
Within the next ten years, man-made hearts could be the norm for those requiring transplants. I think it’s amazing what science is able to do and it seems like the originally created structures are what makes this project a success. So is this the difference between an OEM part and an after market part?
The question is, how do you feel about this idea? Would you opt for a man-made, artist-tailored replacement part should you need one?
Last Fall, after months of prayer and school searching, I went back to school to get my Masters. The doors really opened up at Liberty University in terms of the degree program, the overall belief statement of the school and the cost.
I did not really enjoy my undergrad experience, though I tried to pursue several different options and it took me a total of 11 years to complete! I did better after attending summer school at ASU as I found that the course work was intense but that I could focus for a shorter period of time and complete the course well. That led to completing my undergrad degree program from University of Phoenix. I did well and finished well, but my heart has been for ministry since I graduated from High School. That is why I have been both nervous to go back to school yet excited to pursue something more toward my passion.
I thank God that in about seven weeks I will be half way through my Masters in Theology program! It has been a challenge, both in schedule and in the course work, but I have learned so much. I have met some great people through my online courses. To date it has been one of my most rewarding educational experiences!
My goal, God willing, is to work straight through summer (without a break) and finish by December of 2013 with a MA in Theological Studies. My wonderful wife and kids have all been very supportive, and I am very thankful.
Not sure where it will lead but Kristen and I just felt like this was a time of preparation. We felt like God told both of us that I needed to do this and we just wanted to obey. It’s all part of the journey and I am thankful to be studying such great and challenging topics, while getting to network with people all around the world!
As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been revamping around here for quite a while. Still trying to find exactly what I want to do with my blog, and most of that is due to time constraints. Though I’ve had a lot of thoughts lately that I’ve considered posting about, so why not bring the dead back to life
Also thinking about doing the 365project.
Notice too that you can now subscribe to the this blog feed via email
Quick video to celebrate the completion of my first round of P90X. It was tough but totally worth it!
The video also follows through on something else I committed to do once I completed the program. If you know me, you will want to see this!!!
P90X Completion from Mike Jones on Vimeo.