Communication Workout: How to Keep Your Communication in Tip-Top Shape

Dale Klein

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Who can escape the daily onslaught of innovative ways to shape up, trim down, remove unwanted wrinkles and hair, and any other undesirable features in an effort to essentially redesign ourselves? The barrage of infomercials, pop-up advertising, books and promotions about how to look younger, feel vibrant and stay in shape, is ubiquitous!

But wait a minute…what about the one physical activity we engage in every day and take for granted? Let’s face it, how many of us make a conscious effort to monitor our communication fitness? And yet with the countless instances of communication breakdowns, you’d think we’d want to make this a priority vs. something picayune. If you think this may be applicable to you or perhaps someone you know, then please jump on the band wagon and read on, because being in shape starts with how we sound.

Communication Fitness Checklist Recommended Exercise

1. Do you jump to conclusions?                                   
Get all the facts first.

2. Do you fly off the handle or lash out?                     
Reflect before reacting.

3. Do you beat around the bush?                          
Practice giving feedback.

4. Do you go around in circles? 
Determine your objectives.

5. Do you drag your feet?                             
Realistically assess your skills.

6. Do you dodge the issue?                                        
Use direct language.

7. Do you tune out?                                             
Actively listen to others.

8. Do you run off at the mouth?                              
Organize your thoughts.

9. Do you throw your weight around?                              
Lead by example.

10. Are you tight lipped?                               
Practice offering your opinion.

11. Do you get tongue tied?                    
Write down what you want to say.

12. Do you talk out of both sides of your mouth?            
Commit to your word.

13. Do you speak a mile a minute?                          
Pause between thoughts.

14. Do you turn a deaf ear?                              
Respect different perspectives.

Dale Klein is a Corporate Communication & Speech Specialist and is the owner of SPEECH MATTERS. When it comes to ensuring you speak with power, professionalism and polish, you'll want to contact Dale Klein to get results at or call 518-664-6004.


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