We live in an increasingly complicated and noisy world, where teams solve complex problems more effectively than talented individuals; and persuasive, clear voices win over sound reasoning with no follow through.
However you look at it, effective communication is not an optional extra. Indeed, adding expert communication to your T-shaped personal development plan might just be your ticket to future proofing yourself and gaining success in whatever field you pursue.
Now, I'm not going to pretend that you'll become an 'expert communicator' by picking up a few mental models. Communication is a multifaceted and complex skill that will take work to develop — though you can develop it faster by using Deliberate Practice :). But I digress...
These models alone won't transform your communication but, along with digging deeper and deliberate practice, they can frame your approach for different challenges and contexts.
The models I'll be covering at a glance:
- Heroes Journey
- Minto's Pyramid
- Nonviolent Communication
As you'll see shortly, while each of these models are communication themed, they are wildly different — essentially addressing very different situations and needs.
Make it through all three? Like it said on the label, this post is for 'expert' level exploration. Each model I've discussed is wildly different from one another, by design, because they have totally different intentions. Their main similarity is that, while each of these models can be applied at a basic level, there's a lot to unpack behind each.
So how to apply them for best effect?
The trick is to understand your context, audience and goals in each situation, then draw on the communication themed models in your to establish which approach will be most impactful.
What do you think? What other models are in your 'expert communication' latticework? Which of these had you used? Which do you intend to try and in what sort of context?
Let us know in the comments below
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