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Erin Labacqz

The Art of Communication: A Key to Effective Leadership

The Power of Words in Leadership

Hello, I’m Doug Thorpe, your guide on the journey to harnessing the power of leadership through common sense. In my latest podcast episode, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Erin Labascqz, a communication connoisseur who has dedicated her career to helping leaders refine their messaging. Our conversation was a deep dive into the nuances of communication, especially in the context of the seismic shifts we’ve experienced during and after the pandemic.

Navigating the Post-Pandemic Communication Landscape

The pandemic has undeniably altered the way we connect with one another. As leaders, it’s crucial to recognize that our words carry weight, and the written form has become a cornerstone in building and maintaining relationships. Erin and I explored how the written word isn’t just a means of conveying information; it’s a tool for influencing behavior and fostering connections.

Generational Perspectives on Messaging

One of the most fascinating aspects of our discussion was the evolving social acceptance of different forms of messaging. It’s no secret that generational differences can lead to varied preferences in communication styles. Today’s leaders must be adept at navigating these preferences, ensuring that their messages resonate with a diverse audience. Erin emphasized the need to be mindful of the needs and expectations of today’s readers, who often span multiple generations.

Dual Goals: Inform and Relate

Erin shared a critical piece of advice for anyone looking to improve their communication skills: always write with two goals in mind—informational and relational. It’s not enough to simply share data or directives; we must also build rapport and trust through our messaging. This dual-purpose approach is essential for leaders who want their words to have a lasting impact.

The Importance of Reinforcement and Support

We also touched on the importance of reinforcing messages over time. Consistency is key in leadership communication. Moreover, as leaders, we have an obligation to help our teams succeed. This means providing clear guidance and support as they navigate their own communication challenges.

Transparent Conversations and Skill Improvement

During our conversation, Erin and I agreed on the value of transparent conversations within teams. Open dialogue about writing skills and communication can lead to significant improvements across the board. By fostering an environment where feedback is welcomed and acted upon, leaders can elevate the collective communication competency of their teams.

Clarity and Brevity: My Personal Mantra

I shared a personal anecdote about the importance of putting the bottom line at the top when writing. In our fast-paced world, clarity and brevity are more important than ever. Leaders must be able to distill complex ideas into concise, understandable messages that capture the essence of their intent without unnecessary fluff.

A Client’s Transformational Journey

Erin recounted the story of a client who transformed her communication approach with remarkable results. By refining her messaging, this leader began to receive more engaged and positive responses from her team. It’s a testament to the power of thoughtful, well-crafted communication in the leadership realm.

Final Thoughts

Our discussion was a reminder that the words we choose and the way we deliver them can make all the difference in our effectiveness as leaders. Whether you’re addressing a team, a client, or a global audience, the principles of clear, consistent, and considerate communication remain the same.

I hope this episode of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense” has provided you with valuable insights into the art of communication. Remember, as leaders, our words are our legacy. Let’s make them count.

Erin Labacqz: The High-Value Writing program supports writing learners by empowering them to write with purpose and intention. It helps newer and more experienced writers see language through a new lens, using words as tools to purposefully convey intentional messages. We look at ways to target and clarify messages concisely, and in a way that works for a particular reader.

I have been helping learners reach their own writing goals for over twenty years, in both higher education and in the realms of business, government, and non-profit work. Guiding learners as they develop the confidence to share their views through clear, purposeful writing is my way to contribute to the growth of others and of our community.

I teach live in-person and virtual classes, as well as produce self-paced online learning videos and on-demand classes. I also speak at conferences and learning sessions, and advise organizations on their language use. Please reach out if I can help you and your team write with meaning, clarity, and confidence.

Get free writing resources and learn new writing strategies at the highvaluewriting.com!

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