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Orange Breakout…Again

This morning I was in a breakout with Reed Dickens. Reed is the former White House Press Secretary for George W.

His breakout was “The Art of Communication.”

Here are some of my favorites thoughts:

-Communication is simply understanding people and executing a conversation.

-How people receive a message is more important than what is said.

-There were two thoughts on being a more effective communicator:

1. Be Likeable

2. Be Reasonable

-Don’t be intellecutally dishonest, and don’t be afraid to concede when necessary.

-Making concessions will build credibility. Concede the obvious points, and move on.

-Only 7% of communication are words. The rest are tone of voice and body language.

-We can’t be an expert on everything. Stay between the boundries of what you don’t know and what’s inappropriate.

and finally…

All communication should be clear, concise, and compelling.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.