The Best Communication Style for 2022

The Best Communication Style for 2022

My communication style is the best. 

Working in Public Relations has taught me that the secret to longevity lay in where the message comes from, meaning that the person that delivers the message is more important than ever. Is this person reliable, are they here for the wrong reason, or do they have experience? Who would the person be if you stripped away their eloquent words, title, and their sense of fashion? All the orators and great public speakers of the past, such as Cicero, Quintilian, Isocrates, and even the eloquent peasant in ancient Egyptian literature identify the importance of the speaker as needing to be a reliable source. 

Mad Men

  • Mad Men is a collection of three disturbing horror shorts from authors living in the Midwest. The themes explored in this collection range from man versus self, man versus man, and man versus creature. [caption id="attachment_4742" align="alignleft" width="188"]Mad Men eBook Mad Men eBook at Mind on Fire Books[/caption] Mad Men begins with Matt’s tale, a thought-provoking thriller which causes the reader to question his reality and what he fears within himself. The second tale explores the grotesque juxtaposed with beautiful nature, where the ending unfolds into a horrific dream, waking in even more terrible pain. The third tale is by seasoned horror writer, A.R. Braun – and his diabolical creatures never disappoint!  A.R. Braun’s goal is to be on the banned book list; we think this tale may just be evil enough to be considered. A must read before it does get banned! Mainstream Horror Shorts don’t always satisfy us in the way they should. They don’t open conversations about what it is that we fear or why we fear such things, they focus mainly on pop culture and gore. The writers in the Mad Men anthology understand the need for literate horror, opening discussions of man’s psyche. When these writers set out to tell a story, they are less interested in conveying fear and more interested in wonder, the sublime, and the infinite strangeness that drives all man and woman. Highly recommended for tweens, teens, and adults. The Mad Men anthology published by Mind on Fire Books. Written by Willy Martinez, A.R. Braun and Matt Lavitt. No part of this book shall be copied without permission from the publisher.

And for that reason, I argue that the supportive communication style is the best style of communication to incorporate within the line of Public Relations work; especially if you plan to be respected and have longevity.  In this business, your words can and will be used against you if you rub someone the wrong way, or if you make empty promises.  The way we treat people is another assurance of our style.  Applying the supportive communication style will not only keep us abreast of the minds of our audience in a positive manner but also gives us an upper hand in navigating different audiences. 

Here are three reasons why it is the best communication style:

  1. You are revered as calm, steady, sincere, and gentle. Being calm is detrimental to portraying a reliable character when dealing with potentially sensitive or privacy-oriented materials.  If your audience sees that you are uneasy, this may give the impression that you are not sure of yourself, what you are talking about, or the information you are given.  This is about presence and delivery.
  2. The 2nd benefit to this communication style is that it empowers you with active listening skills, which portrays you as being cooperative, dependable, and loyal.  Being able to hear what your peers are saying is important, why else would you be talking with them?  Take the time to repeat what it is they have said in return, and make sure you have understood their message.  If you notice their tone changed with a story about something that enriches their story, such as their pets at home, ask them about that and engage in their interests. 
  3. You apply a high priority on close relationships and do not like conflict, but are quick to mediate when necessary. This reminds me of my company commander, Captain Smith.  As a ‘boot’ or new Marine to my unit, Captain Smith made it a point to have all our new Marines report to his office where he asked us questions about who we were, where we were from, and if we had girlfriends or kids.  Captain Smith would then remember everyone’s name, and where they were from.  At a future promotion ceremony, we would not be surprised to hear him ask about a girlfriend or family member. 
The Best Way to Communicate in 2022. Photo by Warren Wong at Unsplash
The Best Way to Communicate in 2022. Photo by Warren Wong at Unsplash

The Caveat to the best communication style:

Even though I claim to have the best communication style for my job, I have to point out the caveat to my style. However, if you become aware of these 3 imperfections below, you may be able to side-step them, or address them head-on, so that you can show mastery.

Phantom World A.R. Braun

  • [caption id="attachment_8291" align="alignleft" width="188"]phantom world phantom world[/caption] Phantom World is a Hard Core Haunt collection that explores the bitter feelings of isolation, loss, and denounces religion from various personalities. Here we will be introduced to poltergeists, newly born ghost-entities along with their familiars learning about the afterlife, and spirits that are stuck in the netherworld. While some of these ectoplasmic beings may come across as innocent at times, their stories unfold in a manner to inform the reader as to why they were not allowed into the heaven or allowed to have a “peaceful” afterlife. Written by A.R. Braun Release Date: September 22nd, The First Day of Fall Phantom World will be Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Scribd, Kobo and here. ISBN: 978-1-7361447-2-5

    About the Author

    Once completing the Bram Stoker Award Boot Camp, A. R. Braun writes the following novels: Dogman of Illinois, Heaven’s Witches, Autonomy, and Only Women in Hell. As well as publishing the short-story collections: Insanity, Horror Book, Grimoire, and the novella, 66SICK. He became interested in horror when he read “The Telltale Heart,” as an assignment in high school. By the time he was eighteen, he owns the whole Stephen King collection and begins writing short stories for friends and family. A. R. holds numerous publication credits, including “NREM Sleep” in the D.O.A. anthology; “Freaks” in Downstate Story magazine; “The Unwanted Visitors” in the Vermin anthology; “Coven” in the Heavy Metal Horror anthology; “Remember Me?” in Horror Bound magazine; and “Shades of Gray (the Symbiosis of Light and Dark)” in Micro Horror magazine. “The Interloper” wins story of the month in 2009’s June Full Moon in Bloom issue of SNM Horror Magazine, and the piece was included in the SNM Horror anthology, Bonded by Blood 2: a Romance in Red. A.R. Braun is a featured writer in our fiction anthology, “Mad Men” – a collection of three disturbing tales exploring what lies within man. Available now at Google BooksBarnes and NobleKoboApple iBooksSmashwords, and Amazon.

What to look out for: People may view this style or this type of person as disliking changes, so they may appear to be indecisive. My wife says it to me all the time, I’m sure other husbands in the room can understand.  But it’s not because we’re haters, it’s because we dislike changes.

Also, this person may not know how to accept praise in a public forum, they tend to be modest and would prefer a more personal, one-on-one compliment.  We need to learn to accept compliments, we have worked hard so why not acknowledge this?  Offering thanks and a quick explanation does not mean you lack modesty, in fact, sharing your thoughts/processes may help even more people understand your message.

The last challenge to this style is that this slow and steady attitude may become susceptible to loud or tense environments.  The challenge here is to find a way to personalize the experience and overcome the fear/tension in the room.

The Most Important Communication Tool

In summary, our communications are at the root of all outcomes.  What we say, how we say it, and even where we say it can either have a negative impact or a positive impact, depending on our intent.  Words can drive Nations to war, and words can drive lovers to arms.  I would like to highlight a quote written by the famous poet, Maya Angelou:

“people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

Maya Angelou, Writer and Poet

I have used this expression as a guide for the way I carry myself when representing an organization or another person. 

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Published by Willy Martinez

Willy Martinez is a creative writer, Integrated Marketing Specialist, and Boxing coach. Since being honorably discharged from the Marines in 2004, he has pursued his passion for telling stories, whether they be through film, graphic design, and writing for digital art.

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