What are the 7 C’s of Communication?
Have you ever read something and came away wondering. ‘What are they talking about?’. It’s in those times, we need to know and understand the 7 C’s of Communication.
Today we’d like to give you a Checklist that will help you communicate effectively every single time…
Do you ever read something and think, ‘What are they talking about?’
You then have to try and guess what they are trying to say?
Well, with this Checklist, you will be able to communicate effectively on all levels. And perhaps pass this on to others. (This can help everyone!)
So let’s dive right in …
The 7 C’s of Communication
- Be Clear
- Be Concise
- Be Concrete
- Be Correct
- Be Coherent
- Be Complete
- Be Courteous
So what do these mean exactly?
Let’s look at each of them one at a time..
1. Be Clear
Make it easy for your audience to understand what you are saying. Make your message clear enough so the audience will not need to make assumptions.
2. Be Concise
Stick to the point and keep it brief. Do not add any filler words that don’t need to be there. Expressions like ‘for example’, ‘I mean’, ‘you see’, ‘basically’
3. Be Concrete
Make sure your message has details but not too many! Make your message come alive with the facts and details. Get to the point.
4. Be Correct
Be sure that there are no errors. Grammatical errors and spelling mistakes can be costly with your audience. Understand who your audience is and be sure to address your message accordingly.
5. Be Coherent
To be coherent is to be logical. Make your communication flow in logical order. Finish one point before going onto the next.
6. Be Complete
Make sure your audience has everything they need to be informed and make a decision if required. Have you included all the relevant information? Do you need to include a ‘call to action’ so your audience knows what you want them to do.
7. Be Courteous
Your communication should be friendly, open and honest. Remember who you are communicating with and be sure there are no aggressive overtones.
Following the 7 C’s of communication will make all of your written and spoken words much more effective.
It makes communication with clients, colleagues, managers, family and friends much more credible and rewarding.