Mill Victoria, C, always considered himself to be a good communicator. So, as the CEO of Imitations, a public transit agency serving Californians San Bernardino Valley, he was surprised to find himself struggling at times when delivering presentations as he took the helm of the organization. When an Imitations board member suggested in an early job evaluation that he join Toastmasters, Victoria took him up on the advice. Victoria knew the ability to communicate in clear, confident and compelling ways -? both in formal group presentations and when interacting informally with co-workers would be essential to his success as a CEO.
His work in Toastmasters eventually helped him eliminate “crutch” words when speaking. It also helped him craft a smoother delivery and become a more confident and polished presenter. However, Victoria did not anticipate was how sharpening his interpersonal communication skills through Toastmasters would help him hone other skills crucial to his job in leading an organization that employs 650 people and carries 15 million passengers each year. I agree that learning and developing interpersonal communication skills is a fife-long learning process.
Effective communication can improve relationships at home, work, and in social situations by deepening your connections to others and improving teamwork, decision-making, and problem solving. CEO Mill Victoria achieved success early in his career. He realized that having good interpersonal communication skills not only help him get the job that he wanted but it also helped him be more successful in his career overall. Mill Victoria understood that, it would take time and deliberate effort to develop Hess skills and become an effective interpersonal communicator.
The more effort and practice you put in, the more instinctive and spontaneous your communication skills will become. The article titled “Succeeding as a CEO”; published May 201 2 in Toastmasters Magazine, written by Dave Silliness helped me to understand that to have good interpersonal communication skills is a life-long learning endeavor. Good communication skills are a prerequisite for advancement in most fields and are key to exercising influence both within and beyond the oracle. Studying communication in school is important.
It would be impossible for social institutions to exist as we know them without communication. People engage in communication as a means to facilitate meaning and to coordinate human activities. Other college majors recognize the importance of communication but place it among other variables. However, Communication majors recognize the importance and central role that communication plays in everyone’s daily life. Without interpersonal communication there would be no survival of mankind.