If you are like me, you communicate for a living. Maybe by email, letter, presentation, phone call or speech…the method varies, but what you do is communicate for a living.

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If you are committed to getting better, and I know you are, then I recommend   you do something you may have never done before – record yourself.

With your smartphone you can either capture an audio recording of a call, a presentation or a discussion. You can even set it up for video recording of you delivering a talk in front of a whiteboard or group. You think you know how you look and sound? You have no idea – the pros know this about themselves and that’s why they take the time to record, evaluate and refine.

When you are reviewing the footage, (this can be painful, trust me), ask yourself the following questions:

  • How can I make what I am saying clearer?
  • How can I say this shorter?
  • How can I say this with less jargon?

Communicating is what we do, so we all need to work harder at being better at it.

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