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My Communication Quotes

My collection of communication quotes (with author and source) collected from books, conversations, training, and of course, the internet. Enjoy!

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In almost every profession . . . people rely on confidential communications to do their jobs. We count on the space of trust that confidentiality provides. When someone breaches that trust, we are all worse off for it.

— Hillary Clinton, politician, Senator, former First Lady (1993-2001), author

Like a human being, a company has to have an internal communication mechanism, a “nervous system”, to coordinate its actions.

— Bill Gates, Business @The Speed of Thought (1999)

Tough conversations, where you share what’s really happening and your true communication needs, are your opening to intimacy. Deep relationships lie on the other side of tough conversations.

— Teresa de Grosbois; Karen Rowe, Mass Influence: The Habits of the Highly Influential (2015)

Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don�t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don�t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what�s behind the words.

— Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart (2016)

A meeting is only a means of communication. Its purpose should be to produce a change in procedure. This procedure could be in knowledge, attitude, behavior, or skill. In our meetings, management gives information, it collects information, it pools information, and it discusses the best way to approach the problem. We have one hard and fast rule: Once the group is agreed upon the method, there is no deviation until the group agrees to the change.

— Lombardi, Vince (1913-1970), What it Takes to Be #1 (2001)

Character, communication, competence and ‘chemistry’ are the measures that we employ to identify the man or woman who is genuine.

— Les Norman; Pilar Norman, Never Have A Minute To Call Your Own (2016)

A great measure of a coach’s success is determined by how well he makes himself understood to the players.

— Lombardi, Vince (1913-1970), The Essential Vince Lombardi (2003)

All communication must lead to change.

— Aristotle (384-322 BC), Greek philosopher

In many ways, effective communication begins with mutual respect, communication that inspires, encourages others to do their best.

— Zig Ziglar (1926-2012), author and motivational speaker

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

— George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
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