The world's most successful billionaire entrepreneurs agree on the most important skill: Communication. Here, they weigh in on its importance, which is especially critical for small-business owners who need to communicate clearly with many audiences.
Branson on communication.
In a post on his own Virgin blog, Richard Branson wrote, "Communication makes the world go 'round. It facilitates human connections, and allows us to learn, grow, and progress. It's not just about speaking or reading, but understanding what is being said--and in some cases what is not being said. Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess."
Buffett on communication.
Warren Buffett recently offered a graduate student earning his MBA at Stanford this little gem on the importance of communicating well:
"At your age, the best way you can improve yourself is to learn to communicate better. Your results in life will be magnified if you can communicate them better. The only diploma I hang in my office is the communications diploma I got from Dale Carnegie in 1952."