Are you an effective communicator?

Real Estate Agent with Wayne M Martin

In March of 2012 I wrote the following post:

Do you consider yourself a good communicator? Do you speak in a clear voice with well organized thoughts? Do people seek your advice because you have a reputation of being of clear thought and speaking to the point? These are questions I seem to ask myself all the time. Sometimes, when I am honest with myself, I do not like the answer and seek to improve my ability to communicate.

As I go through this exercise I am reminded of the following: "My ability to communicate is enhanced with my ability to listen." 

Since March of 2012 I have been on a constant journey to improve my communication skills. On the journey I have fallen off the wagon when I race to respond and fail to listen. The more I first seek to clearly understand the more effective my response. Funny how that seems to work. I remain a work in progress.

Enjoy your day.


Comments (11)

Scott Schulte
Scott Schulte LLC - Phoenix, AZ

Improving one's communication skills is a lifelong journey that requires consistent effort and self-reflection, and an essential aspect of effective communication is listening actively to others.




Mar 20, 2023 03:57 PM
Wayne Martin

It is a journey not a destination. 

Mar 21, 2023 04:16 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Wayne excellent points to consistently be aware of with talking to others....and listening plays a big role.

Mar 20, 2023 04:27 PM
Wayne Martin

Gettong better at it every day!

Mar 21, 2023 04:17 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Wayne - listening is a good skill.  Better listening can lead to improved communication.  

Mar 20, 2023 06:14 PM
Wayne Martin

A journey I continue to walk!

Mar 21, 2023 04:17 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Wayne-Here's to being a Work in Progress!!! It's a lot better than remaining stagnant. Being a good communicator isn't just about how well you speak but also about how well  you listen. 

Mar 20, 2023 06:59 PM
Wayne Martin

The hardest part is the listening part. A journey I am learning to enjoy!

Mar 21, 2023 04:19 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Yes it is all about listening and responding to the questions... too many people all they do is talk, talk, talk and do not listen Endre

Mar 20, 2023 09:03 PM
Wayne Martin

I know what I know. If I want to learn more I must do it by listening!

Mar 21, 2023 04:20 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Listening is a very tough skill to master, at least that's been my experience!

Mar 21, 2023 04:32 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I think that I communicate well, but I know that I would do better if I improved my listening skills. Learning to listen well takes practice. 

Mar 21, 2023 06:30 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

This is SO  true, and so many people do not really listen, or constantly interrupt.  Annoying! 

Mar 22, 2023 09:01 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good for you for understand your strenghts and weaknesses.  It's through that self-evaluation that we improve ourselves to be better.   KUDOS!  

Mar 25, 2023 10:06 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Mar 25, 2023 06:59 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Listening is a skill we must all work at and attain.  I am putting your quote on my office wall as a reminder every single day.  Thank you Wayne Martin 


"My ability to communicate is enhanced with my ability to listen." 

Apr 15, 2023 10:37 AM