"99 percent of the world's problems can be solved by communicating."
Wise words said by the President and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation Judy Belk, a keynote speaker at ComNet15, an annual conference for communications professionals of non-profits and foundations, held by The Communications Network. I along with fellow PAHWF staff member, Rose, had the privilege of attending this conference held in San Diego, California last week.
Of the many tools and strategies we learned to bring back to our own organization, Judy's words were certainly food for thought and a greater lesson packed inside one, simple thought.
Of course, like the title of this post proclaims, communication is indeed KEY. Without it, the desired outcome is tough to accomplish. Especially in the workforce where there is constant collaboration and problem-solving in order to achieve common goals.
In my opinion, it's a life skill that comes naturally to some, but to others, is a constant work-in-progress. An emphasized strategy presented at ComNet15 -- storytelling to spread your message. That is, showing instead of telling. In your words, spoken or written, painting a picture for the audience you are trying to reach.
For me, "Leave the door open," a piece of advice my great-grandfather lived by comes to mind. In other words, always keep the channels of communication flowing in all aspects of your life for nothing can take place without it.