Jonathan Swift once said, “Good manners is the art of making those feel easy with whom we converse.” Writing in Inc., Alison Davis, CEO of Davis & Company, echoes the sentiment, contending that the biggest communication mistake we can make is forgetting our manners by not taking our listeners’ needs into account.
When it comes to communication, Davis says, bad manners can take many forms. Among them:
We agree. As we’ve long said, it is critical that you know your audience and meet them where they are—not where you wish they were, or where your last audience was. Understanding what your listeners need in the moment encourages them to understand you in turn.
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