We live in a society which values achievement, but for a lot of people that simply means ‘listening to really rich people and looking for shortcuts’.
That’s not to say we should never listen to the super-wealthy – Bill Gates has included some gems in his best books of 2018, for example – and many will also want to pay attention to recent comments from Warren Buffett.
Investor and philanthropist Buffett has an estimated net worth of US$84.4m (£66.2m), and he has given advice to anyone keen to make their own bottom line a little healthier.
Buffett shared the advice on LinkedIn, because he has always seemed more like a ‘share things on LinkedIn’ person.
“The one easy way to become worth 50 percent more than you are now — at least — is to hone your communication skills — both written and verbal,” he says.
“If you can’t communicate, it’s like winking at a girl in the dark — nothing happens.
“You can have all the brainpower in the world, but you have to be able to transmit it… and the transmission is communication.”
It’s helpful, practical advice which people ought to be able to act on, while remaining nebulous enough that you’ll be able to interpret success in your own way.
After all, communication can come in handy in any number of situations, not just in the working world.
Next time you rock up at a job interview, though, you may well be very grateful to have worked on verbal communication – and you might have only even got that far due to your written communication being top-notch.
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