What did you say? Try the 5 "C"s

Communication is the key to successful life goals. If you want to succeed in life you need to know how to communicate. Effective communication is a process of exchanging ideas, thoughts, knowledge, and information such that the purpose or intention is fulfilled in the best possible manner. But, some of us struggle with being heard or understood. Let's examine 5 tips for effective communication.

1. Clear

When writing or speaking to someone, be clear about your goal or message. What is your purpose in communicating with this person? If you’re not sure, then your audience won’t be sure either. To be clear, try to minimize the number of ideas in each sentence. Make sure that it’s easy for your reader to understand your meaning. People shouldn’t have to “read between the lines” and make assumptions on their own to understand what you’re trying to say. Information and actions required, must be clear so the reader has the information they need to take action.

2. Concrete

When your message is concrete, then your audience has a clear picture of what you’re telling them. There are details (but not too many!) and vivid facts, and there’s specific focus. Your message is solid.

3. Correct

When your communication is correct, it fits your audience. And correct communication is also error-free communication.

  • Do the technical terms you use fit your audience’s level of education or knowledge?

  • Have you checked your writing for grammatical errors? Remember, spell checkers won’t catch everything.

  • Are all names and titles spelled correctly?

4. Coherent

When your communication is coherent, it’s logical. All points are connected and relevant to the main topic, and the tone and flow of the text is consistent.

5. Complete

In a complete message, the audience has everything they need to be informed and, if applicable, take action.

  • Does your message include a “call to action,” so that your audience clearly knows what you want them to do?

  • Have you included all relevant information – contact names, dates, times, locations, and so on?

All of us communicate every day. The better we communicate, the more credibility we’ll have with our clients, our boss, and our colleagues. Use the 5 Cs of Communication as a checklist for all of your communication. By doing this, you’ll stay clear, concrete, correct, coherent, and complete.


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