youth worker, youth ministry, student ministry, communication

Leader Communicate

By Doug Franklin April 6, 2010

Communication is so important to leaders. Leaders need their followers to not only hear them, but to be inspired and understand them. Some leaders can never move their communication to inspiration. The kind of leaders who can use their words to move people’s hearts. If you aren’t one of those great communicators, don’t worry because you can improve by remembering the 3 C’s of communication.

1. Clear
Leaders need to be clear in their communication. To do this, practice what you are going to say. Use a good friend or even the mirror, but make sure you practice before you say it. This will help you be clear with others and keep you from repeating yourself or talking in circles… and for you students, stop saying the word like (Its like that one time when we all were like together like yesterday).

2. Concise
Great communicators use few words. Honest Abe was the master of this. His Gettysburg address is famous for how powerful is was and how few words he used to make his point.

3. Compassionate
Great communicators connect with people by using words that are encouraging. When we forget to tell people how much we appreciate them and how much they mean to us, we lose them as followers. When we use compassionate words, our followers are motivated to serve and give their all.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More