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Beef Up Your Communication Skills

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

"Just because you are CEO, don't think you have landed. Your continually increasing would help if you learn, think, and approach the organization. I've never forgotten that." - Indra Nooyi, Former CEO of PepsiCo

A leader or upline in network marketing needs practical communication skills to reach out to downlines. With practical communication skills, a

A leader can give proper instructions, making them clear to understand.

Practical communication skills make a good team, too, and a leader can gain trust from downlines. These are some practical communication skills:


An effective leader will not just give instructions and tell downlines what to do; an effective leader will listen to them, understand them, and give them helpful advice. Show signs of you being a good listener. Repeat what they say occasionally or ask questions.

Understanding barriers.

A leader should consider barriers that prevent effective communication with downlines. Communication barriers include the speaker’s stress, different races and cultures, and other feelings about what was said and heard.

Body language.

A leader must understand and show proper body language on separate occasions. Body language is crucial as it defines what kind of leader you are. A leader must understand and show good body language on different occasions. The responsible leader will not use impropriate body language in the wrong situations.

I was asking questions.

Asking the right questions can allow a leader to understand the speaker's motives effectively. When downlines approach a leader to resolve problems, they may sometimes find a solution when the leader asks questions to direct them back to the right path. However, do not be offended when asking questions.

Be confident.

Be confident in yourself and your downlines who collaborate with you.

Do not be easily influenced. Downlines depend on their leaders. Confidence builds trust among downlines toward their leader. Downlines look up to their leaders.

Building trust.

Gaining trust from downlines is essential to being an effective leader. If downlines approach their leader and tell them about privacy, keep it confidential. Do not easily spread what was said to you. Please do not talk about others behind their backs; show good examples.

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