Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.Ephesians 4:29
Accurately identifies relevant communication audiences and their communication needs
Defines communication objectives and goals
Properly utilizes various communication vehicles (i.e. email, phone, group meeting, 1-on-1 meeting, Skype, SMS, Facebook)
Develops communication schedules and assignments
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
– George Bernard Shaw
Lack of Plan
Doesn’t plan in advance what people may need to know, do or understand
May be a seat-of-the-pants communicator, only deciding what to say or communicate at the last minute
Doesn’t follow an orderly method of setting communication goals and laying out work
May be uncomfortable with structure and process flow, thus does not consider how to communicate what, when, how and from whom
May dislike planning and come across to others as unthoughtful about what people need and want to know
May not have the patience to take the time necessary to establish communication goals and objectives
“A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.”
Causes of Weakness
Feels that people should already be aware of things and only need to be told once
Believes that people don’t need to be communicated to
Too impatient to spend time planning communications with others
Has difficulty organizing and planning tasks
Poor time management; doesn’t get around to planning
“It is not distance that keeps people apart, but a lack of communication.”
Review the simple application steps below and choose 1 or 2 things you can do to spur yourself on to further growth.
What is a Communication Plan?
WHAT IS A COMMUNICATION PLAN? It is a written document that describes:
1) What you want to accomplish with your communications (what your objectives are)
2) The ways in which those objectives can be accomplished (your communication strategy, approach and timeline)
3) To whom your communications will be addressed (your audiences)
4) And how you will measure the results of your program (evaluation)
COMMUNICATION VEHICLES: Make sure you are communicating in a way that people like to receive. (i.e. email, phone, SMS, social media, newsletters; online and virtual meetings, conference materials, handbooks, processes/policies; brochures, business cards, public relations materials; letterhead, logo, and envelopes; surveys; certificates and awards; annual reports; signs/banners, speeches)
Where to Get Information
WHERE TO GET INFORMATION: In order to know what to communicate, consider:
1) Your team’s vision/mission statement and values
2) A survey of the communication needs of your target audiences
3) Committee and leadership input
4) Discussions with other staff, partners and affiliates
Develop a Plan
HOW TO DEVELOP A PLAN:
1) Conduct a communication audit to identify what the communication needs are of your target audiences.
2) Define your overall communication BROAD goals.
3) Define your communication audiences.
4) Define specific SMART goals for each BROAD goal.
5) Identify what kind of communication tools you want to use, including what technology will be most effective.
6) Establish a timetable for communications, along with key messages and who each message should come from, using what communication vehicle.
7) Decide how you will evaluate your communication results.