This list of best and worst communicators of the year from Decker Communications has some excellent choices.
I have to applaud the selection of Steve Jobs as perhaps one of the best communicators in recent memory. I wrote about his 2005 Stanford Commencement speech in this blog – and what a masterpiece of public speaking it was.
I would venture to say that the Stanford speech changed lives – possibly thousands of lives with its message of following your own inner truth. I know for sure it’s had an impact on at least one person – me.
The selection of Christine Lagarde is also an excellent one. She has a compelling persona and speaks with elegance and simplicity. I like listening to her because she is so articulate. She’s a breath of fresh communication air amidst a lot of foggy language in the human conversation.
One commenter said that Herman Cain should be added to the list of worst communicators. I would have to agree. When allegations of sexual impropriety surfaced, his response would have earned an “F” in Crisis Communications 101. His denials, finger-pointing and blaming only served to make him look guilty. I won’t even go into the fiasco of his memory lapse on Libya.
If you’re looking to improve your communications/speaking skills in the coming year, I urge you to click on some of the links in this piece and listen to the speakers – both the good and the not so good. You’ll definitely learn something.