If you saw the award-winning film The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, you know how important public speaking was to the future king of England. In fact, King George VI suffered with a stammering problem so pronounced there were some worries he would never be able to lead his country for lack of communication.
Many of us can identify with the king’s difficulties due to our own dislike of public speaking. What’s more, few of us have any problems communicating orally with friends, family and coworkers. But what about the written word?
You could make the case that the written word is more important than oral communications inasmuch as it impacts how others perceive you. For right or wrong, poor communication skills inhibit both your influence and your effectiveness.by