I would like to invite you to my community of effective communicators….
Throughout this series of blog articles, I look forward to sharing with you a few key fundamentals that will begin making you more effective in your interactions with others. By developing a more deliberate approach to communication, using the Quick to Hear model, you will become a better communicator. One who can use rods rightly. The Quick to Hear way to communicate will help you connect with others and be more compelling in your messages. Let’s start with a little background on the Quick to Hear approach.
Intelligent Communication — In the Beginning…
I created my original Communication model, Intelligent Communication, more than a decade ago, based on my experience as a career intelligence officer. At the time, I was developing and overseeing training programs for several military and intelligence organizations. Below is a link to a short video that introduces the original Intelligent Communication model.
Do you see any benefit to communicating like an intelligence collector? Like them, you can become a much better communicator and apply these same techniques to you own personal and professional life. You will read more about the Smart Talk version of Intelligent Communication in the next lesson. Before we do that, let me share a little about why I’m transitioning Intelligent Communication to Quick to Hear.
Intelligent Communication becomes Quick to Hear
Just this year, I felt led to change my focus. While I have learned a great deal about communication from my time in the intelligence field and subsequent education and training, I also knew that the Scriptures have much to say about communication. God created communication. As early as the third verse in the Bible, we read, “And God said…” The entire Bible is God’s revelation, His communication, to His people. He sent His Son to become man and He communicated the Gospel. By adjusting my focus towards God’s communication to us, I am taking the next step in developing a complete communication approach; one that is not only effective, but God honoring. As I learned in memorizing the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
A Heart Issue
The Quick to Hear approach understands that communication is a heart issue. Jesus said that it what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart. He also warns us that much evil comes out of the heart. James similarly warns us that the tongue is a “world of unrighteousness.” It is no wonder that so much communication is destructive and harmful.
Jesus also reminds us, however, that we are to love the Lord with all our heart, as well as our mind, soul, and strength. This idea can help us with our communication. In salvation, we receive new hearts; hearts that are no longer in bondage to sin and evil. By God’s grace, we can begin to love the Lord with these new hearts. We can love our neighbors as ourselves. Out of these hearts can flow communication that is “good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Eph. 4:29, ESV). We can use our redeemed heart, soul, mind, and strength to love God and our neighbor through godly communication.
This is the Quick to Hear journey. And it is a journey. Good communication does not come overnight. I am still on the journey that I began many years ago. If you would like to join me on the journey, I would love the company. Sign up for my newsletter that will keep you up to date on new blog posts as well as other news from Quick to Hear.
Applying Quick to Hear
I will share an application in each of these Quick to Hear introductory articles, as this series’ goal is to start you on the journey of becoming a better communicator. Today, I want you to begin changing your mindset. Start thinking of communication in a more deliberate way. View communication as a gift from God that will help you love Him and love your neighbor. In the process you will begin to achieve much more. Communication is not, as most people think, just something you just do. It is an important aspect of our calling as disciples of Jesus Christ.
And one more thing to practice…be quick to hear and slow to speak. We will learn more on how to do just that as we continue this series.