Business success arguably is about connection, and that doesn't exist without fabulous communication. Fortunately, communication is something you can get better at, and others already have shared priceless insights about it you can learn from. This list of quotes from some of the world's most incredible leaders will inspire and help you commit to consistent and effective communication practice.

  1. "To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding to guide our communication with others."--Anthony Robbins
  2. "The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."--Coco Chanel
  3. "In the last analysis, what we are, communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do."--Stephen Covey
  4. "Ask questions when they occur to you and don't wait."--Madeleine Albright
  5. "The two words information and communication are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through."--Syndey Harris
  6. "Effective communication is 20 percent what you know and 80 percent how you feel about what you know."--Jim Rohn​
  7. "You need to set a tone at the top that inspires trust and encourages open and honest two-way communication. So you hear the brutal facts, and you listen to the good news and the bad news--so that, in the spirit of continuous improvement, you can make changes."--Denise Morrison
  8. "By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach."--Winston Churchill
  9. "Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true."--Charles Dickens
  10. "Communication is all anyone ever gets paid for ultimately. And if you cannot effectively communicate, you will pay, not get paid!"--Doug Firebaugh​
  11. "Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize."--Elizabeth Harrison
  12. "Saying no is a complete sentence. Saying no is a right we all have. Use it."--Anne Lamott​
  13. "Grammar and logic free language from being at the mercy of the voice. Grammar protects us against misunderstanding the sound of an uttered name; logic protects us against what we say have double meaning."--Rockenstock Huessy​
  14. "What makes us different from one another is so much less important than what makes us alike--we all long for acceptance and significance. When we recognize those needs in ourselves, we can better understand them in others, and that's when we can set aside our judgments and just hear."--Oprah Winfrey
  15. "Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people."--William Butler Yeats
  16. "If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind."--Siddhārtha Gautama
  17. "When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant and effective."--Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  18. "The building block of good communications is the feeling that every human is unique and of value."--Unknown
  19. "When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on the language of the first."--Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. "Be sincere, be brief, be seated."--Franklin D. Roosevelt
  21. "Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."--Benjamin Franklin
  22. "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."--Sir Winston Churchill
  23. "Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite."--C.S. Lewis
  24. "What you are shouts so loud in my ears I cannot hear what you say."--Ralph Waldo Emerson
  25. "Speak when you're angry and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret."--Lawrence J. Peter
  26. "It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent."--Madeleine Albright
  27. "Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing."--Rollo May
  28. "Good communication does not mean that you have to speak in perfectly formed sentences and paragraphs. It isn't about slickness. Simple and clear go a long way."--John Kotter​
  29. "The limits of my language are the limits of my world."--Doug Firebaugh​
  30. "You will not persuade another by cutting off his argument. You will only stifle your understanding of how to answer him."--Jojo Tabares

Published on: Aug 29, 2019
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