How do you know whether you’ve achieved eﬀective communications? This is important to establish because while planning, preparation and intent are important, it’s results that count. The result of eﬀective communication is impact: something is diﬀerent. Something has changed. Perhaps you want to impact people’s understanding or way of thinking. Maybe you are trying to influence people’s decisions and choices; or impact an organization’s goals and aspirations; or change behavior and culture. Elegant, articulate speeches are fine, sophisticated or clever graphics are fun, but in the and, eﬀective communications is all about the impact it has on others.
On Sunday, July 11th at 6am Pacific/9am Eastern/3pm Cape Town/9pm Singapore, Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson will launch on the company's first fully crewed flight SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity as part of a six-person crew.
The pandemic highlighted an interesting generational divide: younger adults are far more likely to report feeling depressed or anxious than older adults. Sure, everyone’s stress rose during the pandemic, but even before the pandemic there was a long-term telling gap between how generations process adversity. And the pandemic didn’t change things.
If you want something in your life, make a deal with The CEO of the Universe. Go and ask the One in whose hand your life is in, and He will help you. His “default” is that He loves to give. He is abundant, big-hearted, and generous.
The parts of a good vision statement should be a means by which we describe our goal. It must invoke a clear and imaginative mental picture of our objective. It should energize, inspire, and motivate us and those around us.
This is a promising moment. Climate activists—and young people especially—are bringing amazing energy and attention to this issue. They are demanding action, and rightly so. And governments around the world are meeting those demands with ambitious commitments: in Paris six years ago, here today, and again in Glasgow later this year.