The first time I read Julius Ceaser, Marc Antony’s famous soliloquy, “Friends, Romans, Countrymen”, I was captivated.
I was amazed by the skill with which Antony had successfully created such a passionate outcry over Ceaser’s death in the hearts of the people.
More so, since he uttered “respectfully” with admirable and calculated precision about “honorable Brutus”. His artful use of the Antistrophe technique combined with a generous dollop of irony, Tautology and Personification eloquently displayed his skill as an excellent communicator.
Antony’s skill as an orator lies in his ability to sway the crowd artfully through persuasion, confidence, the dignity he exudes and his talent for creating pathos in the hearts of the listeners.
An example of how an inspiring and dynamic leader is undoubtedly one who is adept in effectively communicating with people.
While communication can be defined as a mere exchange or impart of information through writing, speaking or through another medium, effective communication an be defined simply as a process that involves a sent message that is easily understood by the receiver.
The success of a communication process lies in the understanding of the message by the receiver and the receiver’s understanding of the emotional element in the exchange.
We are overwhelmed by the sheer scale of messages that we receive, send and process daily. By attending to this exchange of information with care and caution problem solving, decision making and team building would become far easier.
Healthy personal and professional relationships that thrive on excellent communication would reflect respect, affection, trust, understanding and resolving differences. Differences if left unresolved are more likely to escalate into conflicts.
Despite the attention we may give, the success of the effectiveness of communication lies in the ability to be spontaneous. While efforts and experience would be required to tone this ability, it is our understanding of the effective communication skills that would determine our growth as a communicator.
Imagine the tragedy if Marc Antony were to have read his speech and not delivered it with the spontaneous impact of the powerful orator that he was!