To do your best work you’ll need to communicate with a diverse group of people. People want to understand you, so speak to be understood. The simpler your language the more accessible your words and thus ideas will be.
People have their own internal motivations. Don’t assume what motivates one person motivates another. With every new person suspend judgment and listen for intent. What drives them? Also remember intent can change over time. With this knowledge you’ll be better informed in how to move forward in your relationship.
Very rarely will you benefit from an inconsequential conversation. Instead prefer a conversation that has purpose and passion. A purposeful and passionate life is going to have meaningful conversations. If you feel lost, start with a conversation that has meaning for you.
Dialogue is a way of communicating messages. For some messages talking may even be a sub-par transmission solution. Identify the different forms of communication available to you. Do the pro-con analysis of each when receiving and transmitting ideas.
If you misheard something or are puzzled about what’s being communicated let the other person know. That person gets an opportunity to be understood and you gift yourself an opportunity to understand.
Domain-specific language can deteriorate into gibberish. To maximize the value of your communications use plain language whenever possible. Doing so will give your words more power.
A quality network of peers is an invaluable asset. Having professionals you can lean on and whom can lean on you will result in a fulfilling career. It’s similar to a mycorrhizal (peer) network providing increased absorption of water (wisdom) and nutrients (skills) across plants (companies).