Communication is the most important skill.
It’s the root of every other ability needed to succeed in life and business.
I love the written word.
But over the years I’ve learned the value of improving verbal communication skills.
My Communication Journey
Working at Wells Fargo in the mortgage and student loan departments helped me develop my ability to listen and tailor my message to customers in various financial situations.
In 2016, my son Josiah was born. He was our rainbow baby (after Jeremiah died in 2015). Josiah was diagnosed with autism in 2017. He has been in speech and occupational therapy ever since.
In home and out patient therapy has taught me how I took for granted my ability to communicate.
My son went from 20+ meltdowns a day and self harm because he couldn’t tell me his needs to talking in full sentences.
Examples of his recent success:
- Learning the blended sound of “st” he used to call my brother Uncle Teven
- Telling me precise things he wanted: “I want to go to Arrowhead Park and watch duckies with Avila.”
- Being creative: “Dad, let’s be excavators and dig!”
Communication is a need not a preference.
What’s your “communication journey” look like?