Communication is the Lifeblood

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According to a survey of business owners and corporate CEOs, ineffective communication is the number-one problem in business. Steven K. Scott, in his book The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, calls communication “The Key That Opens Any Door”. Solomon, who is also known as the wisest man who ever lived, had much to say about communication. He knew that what we say, and how we say it, can have a life-changing impact on others. Here’s some of what Solomon knew:

  • Your communication can extinguish anger or escalate it. Proverbs 15:1 (NCV) A gentle answer will calm a person’s anger, but an unkind answer will cause more anger.
  • Your communication can wound others or heal them. Proverbs 12:18 (NLT) Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.
  • Your communication can infuse life into a person’s spirit. Proverbs 15:4a (KJV) A wholesome tongue is a tree of life.
  • Your communication can save a life or take a life. Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
  • Your communication can bring delight to others. Proverbs 25:11 (NCV) The right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl.

Solomon’s keys to communication seem like common sense at first glance, but I believe they are anything but common today.

  • Speak in such a way that you make others want to listen. Proverbs 15:2 (NKJV) The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
  • Learn to speak persuasively. Proverbs 16:23 (NASB) The heart of the wise instructs his mouth And adds persuasiveness to his lips.
  • Listen before speaking. Proverbs 18:13 (NCV) Anyone who answers without listening is foolish and confused.
  • Be slow to speak and guard your words carefully. Proverbs 29:20 (NASB) Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
  • Never tear others down – rather, build them up. Proverbs 12:18
  • Stop while you’re ahead. Proverbs 10:19 (NLT) Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.
  • Share genuine wisdom. Proverbs 10:31a (NASB) The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom.
  • Always speak truthfully. Proverbs 10:18 (NKJV) Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool.

Solomon promises three additional benefits for those that become effective and persuasive communicators.

  • Material (business) success. Proverbs 10:21a (KJV) The lips of the righteous feed many.
  • Joy and fulfillment. Proverbs 15:23 (NKJV) A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
  • Friendship. Proverbs 22:11 (NCV) Whoever loves pure thoughts and kind words will have even the king as a friend.

Effective communication is essential for business prosperity. If you would like more information about tangible ways to improve the communication in your business, or if you would like to learn how a part-time, virtual CFO can help transform your business using the Bible as our guide, email me at info@commonsensecfo.com or call Kirk at 402-658-7340.

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