Communication Quiz: Do you need some Training?

by Betty Lochner on October 12, 2011

Did you know?

97.7% of Fortune 500 vice presidents surveyed believe that communication skills had affected their career advancement.

A survey of employers found that the most highly desired trait in new recruits were communication skills.

When CEO’s from 5000 US companies were asked: What are the three most important things you have learned in order to perform your role as an executive? They ranked communication as number one.

In a recent survey of MBA graduates, the ability to communicate effectively with another person is the single most useful skill in their career.

So what does this tell us?

You can’t be a “good enough” communicator.  How well you communicate can make or break your career and your relationships at work and home.

Take this short self-assessment quiz of your current communiction skills and see where you are:

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being low (not at all true) and 5 being high (true most of the time).

1. I listen more than I talk.

2. People always understand what I am trying to get across.

3. I pay attention to 1 person/conversation at a time.

4. I don’t rely primarily on written (e-mail and text) conversations.

5. I never interrupt.

6. I am clear in what I am saying and in sharing my expectations with others.

7. I make it comfortable or “safe” for others to talk to me about sensitive subjects.

8. I never avoid certain people or conversations. I tackle the hard conversations with ease.

9. I am happy with how I communicate in all of the relationships in my life.

10. I work hard every day to improve my communication skills.

If you have a score of “3” or less on any of these, it’s time to brush up a bit.

So here’s the good news.  There are lots of good training opportunities around. Check out some of my communication trainings.

Can’t make the live event? Email me to schedule a training specifically for your group at your location.


GET photo e1291965945659 Communicating Respect | Test your skillsBetty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home.

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1 Betty Lochner October 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Thanks, Martha. As online communicators, it’s especially important since we don’t have that body language element to help us out.

2 Martha Giffen October 15, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Communication is what we all do if we have an online business. We are either communicating through our writing, our sales letters, our speaking engagement, you name it! The checklist you give is very telling. If we are doing more talking than listening and more interrupting than paying attention, we’ll never have the success we want! Great post! I’m visiting from our LinkedIn group 🙂

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