Lisa Giruzzi is a friend of mine. She has just released a new book called Bringing Out the Best in Your Employees: The Ultimate Guide for Managers and Supervisors for Engaging and Empowering Employees to be More Successful and Productive Through Effective Communication. That’s quite a mouthful — and it’s quite a good book.
Effective communication is a life and career success skill that we all need – not just managers and supervisors. That’s why I think that you should get a copy of Lisa’s new book as soon as you can. Read it cover to cover. Make notes, and then read it again. It’s that good.
Lisa begins by suggesting that “communication is everything, and everything is communication.” This might sound like doublespeak until you think about it. She goes on to say “We communicate and receive communication through everything we experience. Out mind is constantly interpreting what we are experiencing. It is constantly making meaning of the world it sees. Consequently, everything is communication.”
I agree with Lisa. She makes a great point here. We are constantly taking in and processing information. We are constantly giving off signals that others take in and process. In my career advice book Success Tweets: 140 Bits of Common Sense Career Success Advice, All in 140 Characters or Less, I focus on three forms of communication important for life and career success: conversation, writing and presenting. Lisa goes way beyond these in this book – and that’s why I read it with great interest and suggest it to you.
Lisa uses a clever design for this book. She has written 30 essays on a variety of communication topics. My five favorite essays are:
- Be Willing to Learn
- Transformational versus Transactional Conversations
- Welcome Dissent
- Successful Communication is 100% Your Responsibility
- Power Over versus Power With.
She follows each essay with a page for taking notes. She asks the reader to consider four questions on each of the notes pages:
- What insight did I gain from this essay?
- What does this insight mean for me personally?
- What is the boldest action I can take regarding this insight?
- What will I commit to doing as a result of this insight?
These are great questions that will help you crystalize your thinking on the ideas in the essay, but also help you do something more important for your career success – take positive action for becoming a better communicator.
The career success coach point here is simple common sense. You have to be a great communicator if you want to create the life and career success you want and deserve. Lisa Giruzzi’s new book, Bringing Out the Best in Your Employees, while written for people in formal leadership positions contains some great career success advice –for leaders and people not in formal leadership positions. Learning and applying the ideas in Lisa’s book will put you on the road to career success – and will probably help you get promoted into a people leader position. The most important point here is that you can’t not communicate – everything you do and say, every little eye movement or body shift communicates to the people around you. Get conscious about how you communicate and you will become not only a better communicator, you’ll become the life and career success you deserve to be.
That’s my career advice inspired by Lisa Giruzzi’s new book Bringing Out the Best In Your Employees. What do you think? Please take a minute to share your thoughts with us in a comment. As always, thanks for reading my daily thoughts on life and career success. I value you and I appreciate you.
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