Rich Habits Word of the Day
Trenchant – Vigorous, intense. Tom engaged in trenchant communications with all of his valuable relationships.
Rich Habits Fact of the Day
Warren Buffett once took a course offered by the Dale Carnegie Institute because he perceived himself to be a poor communicator. Since then, his ability to communicate with individuals at all levels of the investment world has significantly contributed to his reputation as the greatest financial genius ever.
Rich Habits Lesson of the Day
Thanks to all of the recent advances in technology, communication has become more efficient. Today’s phones, emails and social media have displaced the art of conversation and now make it possible to communicate thoughts and ideas with a few keystrokes. Carrying on a fifteen minute conversation has become passé. Now you can say what you want to say and move on. While technology has increased our ability to communicate efficiently, the fallout is the loss of effective communication that is only possible with one on one dialogue. If you want to grow the roots to each one of your relationship trees you need to spend more time communicating with them. Here are some strategies:
- Call, don’t text. Have a ten minute phone conversation with your relationships.
- Send personal letters. Instead of an email, send them a personal note.
- Meet your relationships for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Instead of getting together with your friends, family or anyone else who matters to you, on Facebook, arrange a one on one meeting with them.
- Call your relationships on their birthdays or when they experience a “life event” such as a birth, death, promotion, new job etc.