If you’re reading this, I bet you have a growth mindset and you’re focused on improving your communication skills. 👏👏👏
Maybe you’re working on your confidence, your body language, or your precision. Or perhaps you’re trying to remember to say something more often.
Whatever it is, how can you accelerate your adoption of these new and improved habits?
There are strategies we can employ to help us form new and improved habits. In the latest Talk About Talk podcast episode, I share several simple tactics that have helped me and my clients.
Here’s your summary of two such strategies…
TRACK Your Progress
Are you familiar with this expression?:
A simple and effective way to adopt a new habit is to TRACK your progress.
Here’s what you do:
- Write down the habit you’re tracking at the top of a page with a list of numbers from 1-31 (or use a calendar with the habit written at the top).
- Set a reminder to track your habit at same time every day.
- Record your progress. Give yourself either a ✔️ or ❌ depending on how you did that day.
Tracking or measuring your progress is useful because seeing your progress will motivate you to keep getting those checkmarks.
Plus, the reminder you set for yourself serves as another cue to remind you of your new habit.
The #1 Most Effective Way to Improve
I promise you this is not hyperbole! When I say this is the #1 most effective thing you can do to improve your communication habits, I mean it.
Can you guess what it is?
The answer is: RECORDING, then WATCHING yourself.
I did this recently with a coaching client who led a virtual town hall for his large team. A few days after the event, we watched the recording of his session together. This required discipline and vulnerability, but it helped take his communication skills to the next level!
This is also something I’ve done for myself, to evaluate my performance on my own communication goals.
A few months ago I delivered an in-person keynote address, which was also recorded for a virtual audience. I asked the organizers if I could have a copy of the recording to evaluate my performance on my communication goals (demonstrating confidence and empathy, avoiding my crutch words, and using effective body language on stage).
Trust me it was not easy to press “play”!!!
Yes, it is painful. No, it is not pleasant to watch yourself. But there is no faster way to improve your communication skills. I promise.
Have YOU ever recorded and watched yourself? I wonder what would happen if you did…
Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues who might be interested in improving their communication skills. THANK YOU!
If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback, please email me anytime. I love hearing from you.
Executive Communication Coach
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