Overseer of God’s Remnant Assembly Akintayo Emmanuel Looks at 3 Ways to Improve Communication Skills

If they were completely honest with themselves, most people would acknowledge that their communication skills could stand to be a little (or perhaps a lot) improved. To achieve this life-changing objective, here are three tips according of Akintayo Emmanuel, the Overseer of God’s Remnant Assembly:

1. Listen More, Talk Less

Most people don’t hesitate to share their opinions, declarations, reports; and anything else that they feel like communicating. But when it comes to listening, the story is markedly different. However, the ability to truly — rather than superficially — understand others is at the core of effective communication. Without it, communication simply cannot happen. As proclaimed in Proverbs 18:2: “Fools find no pleasure in understanding, but delight in airing their own opinions.”

2. Choose Your Words Very Carefully

The adage “actions speak louder than words” has merit — especially when it comes to be consistent with one’s values and not being hypocritical. However, this should not give people carte blanche to say whatever they want with impunity; because even their words do not lead to adverse action (by themselves or others), they will ultimately be accountable for every utterance; good and bad. As proclaimed in Matthew 12:36–37: “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

3. Be Honest and Don’t Gossip

The root word of communication is communicare, which is Latin for “to make common to many; share.” Naturally, this sharing cannot happen when communication is deceitful, or if it aims to humiliate, ridicule, or deride another behind their back and without their knowledge. As proclaimed in Leviticus 19:16: “Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord.”

Overseer of God’s Remnant Assembly. Married to Pastor Sarah Emmanuel, founders of GRA Mission Squad.