Everyone talks about how important communication skills are, but what does that really mean? I was speaking at an event the other day, and the feedback I got most often after the session was that I was a great speaker. So I asked people what they meant by that and the common response was that I was able to articulate my advice in a way that was clear and concise. It made me think about what is so important about communication skills and why are they essential in today's world. It all goes back to the comments above.
We need to be able to articulate the message that we are trying to convey, regardless of what that message might be. This does not mean that we need to use $10 words to sound smart, but we should be using words that best convey our point. The best leaders are ones that can quickly convey their message with ease and that message is not only received by others, it is understand. The key is finding ways to do this with different groups with different stakeholder interests, but conveying the message should always be the focus.
Your ability to convey your message concisely and intelligently will increase your chances of success in anything you do.