Best 174 Quotes & Tweets on Communication

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1

A phrase I heard recently and found useful: “I agree with the idea, but disagree with the tone.” Many ideas get dismissed because they are delivered in a cocky/hostile/dismissive tone—or because of who delivers them. This phrase encourages you to separate substance from style.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

2

The Art of Twitter is to communicate compressed knowledge with clarity and precision.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

Lesson I'm slowly learning: Waiting to reply because you don't have an answer yet (or you don't want to share bad news) makes the situation worse. Silence frustrates and confuses people. It's better to say, "Hey, no update yet. Still working on it." Try to over-communicate.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

4

Amazing social skills are a superpower. The ability to deliver bad news in a good way is a superpower. The ability to de-escalate a tense situation into a calm one is a superpower. The ability to transform a lose/win situation into a win/win situation is a superpower.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

Become a better communicator overnight: - Replace every “but” you can with an “and” - Never start a sentence with “no” or “disagree” - Only give feedback if there’s a chance it will be implemented - Tell people you will be late before you are late - Bias to overcommunicating

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

6

I don’t 100% agree with anyone - not even myself. I’m always surprised when Person A disqualifies Person B as a source of learning simply because Person B said/did something that Person A doesn’t agree with. Full agreement is a terrible requirement to place on anyone.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

7

Books are more likely to change minds than conversations. There is too much happening internally during conversation: - Did that sound stupid? - What do they think of me? - Will I lose the friendship over this opinion? Books can let you chew on an idea without social risk.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

8

It takes years to become a great engineer, designer, writer, painter. But it only takes days to become communicative, reliable, and nice to be around — which will put you above 90% of your peers.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

9

Important life advice: Write shorter emails.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

10

How to instantly become more charismatic: Leave your phone in your pocket when you’re having a conversation with someone. That’s it.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

11

When feedback is immediate, clear, and concrete, people learn quickly. When feedback is delayed, abstract, and opaque, people rarely learn.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

12

Surround yourself with people who want to have conversations, not win conversations

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

13

The Internet lowers the returns to distributing facts, while social media increases the returns to distributing signaling goods.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

14

Twitter Rules: Praise specifically, criticize generally. Don't respond to negativity. Say it as if to their face. Be original. Don't debate.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

15

Hard conversations get harder the longer you wait to have them.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

16

Twitter is a way to broadcast messages to hundreds of millions of people to find the few dozen that you actually want to talk to.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

17

Great ideas come from two places: solitude and conversation.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

18

You're as smart as the stupidest person you spend time arguing with.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

19

Miscommunication is expensive. The best ways to minimize it are to stay as small as you can, hire generalists (compress the talent stack), teach people to manage up, move slower, and instill writing as a core component of your culture.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

20

Communication is less about adding things, and more about ruthlessly subtracting every single element that fails to increase the clarity of your message

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

21

The world rewards the people who are best at communicating ideas, not the people with the best ideas.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

22

Email tip: If you know someone is very busy, occupied, focused on other things, the best way to get a chance at a piece of their time is with a very short email, not a very long one. I understand the tendency to go into detail, but it works against you. Think about the receiver.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

23

The bill for miscommunication always comes due.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

24

Most people don’t get what they really want because they’re afraid of having an uncomfortable conversation

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

25

There's no upside in hating on someone's idea. You come off as non-believer or ruin their confidence. Instead, just ask the questions that make you hesitate & let them come to their own conclusion. If you're right, you helped them think it through. If you're wrong, you'll learn.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

26

I’ve basically stopped hanging out with people in big groups. 2-4 people only. The conversations are so much deeper and the friendships are so much stronger. Strong recommend.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

27

Three skills that will only continue to grow in importance: Critical thinking, communication, and creativity.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

28

Don’t apologize for taking a couple days to get back to someone. The apology is usually due when you get *right* back to someone. “Sorry, I didn’t put much thought into this reply - I just wanted to get back to you right away…”

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

29

Everybody's talking about remote work. Communicate in long-form: Most companies do too much messaging and not enough long-form writing. Communicate less often, but with much more rigor.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

30

It is in your self-interest to be interested in others.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

31

I grind my teeth thinking about how much valuable knowledge is lost because people think they need to use big words that nobody understands to sound smart.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

32

Building a product for others: - Starting with zero customers - Painfully slow feedback loop - Customers don’t tell you what they really want Building a product for yourself: - Starting with one customer - you! - Infinitely fast feedback loop - Little to no miscommunication

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

33

If you can’t communicate an idea clearly, you haven’t written about it enough

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

34

Communicating with humans is much harder than communicating with computers. Learning English is much harder than learning Python. So if you can learn to speak, you can definitely learn to code.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

35

Writing is an art Marketing is an art Videography is an art Photography is an art Graphic design is an art Communication is an art Cinematography is an art Social media is an art

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

36

Small talk builds relationships because it says “I care more about you than being productive”

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

37

Out of all the emails that have ever been sent, and later regretted, I’d wager the majority were sent too fast, not too slow. A long pause is your friend, not your enemy.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

38

The five most marketable skills of the future will be the five C’s: • Creativity • Collaboration • Critical thinking • Communication • Common Sense

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

39

If you want to build deep friendships, you need extended time with people. Unfortunately, western culture makes this hard. Here’s my heuristic: Aim for at least three hours of conversation whenever you’re with a friend. Anything shorter leaves no room for the soul.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

40

The best conversations are with creative, ambitious, enthusiastic people

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

41

Your subconscious mind determines most of your behavior. Your environment communicates with your subconscious. Environments of trust, respect, shared sacrifice and rewards, kindness, understanding, tolerance, communicate with people's subconscious minds and unleash potential.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

42

The greatest management tool in history is a focused, leisurely walk and conversation.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

43

Checklist for online writing: • Remove every unnecessary word • Focus on clarity, not cleverness • If a sentence bores your reader, delete it • Make your reader smarter • Treat every word like it’s on trial for its life • Write like you’re talking to a friend at a bar

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

44

If you really appreciate a product existing, tell its creators. They may not know. They may feel like giving up. Your note might make their day, and maybe even provide them with the energy to keep going!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

45

Learn to write really well. It’s the one skill that’s guaranteed to improve your life. Countless benefits come when your writing improves. One of the most important ones is that you’ll be more easily understood when you communicate with other people.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

46

The #1 litmus test for whether to do business with someone: Do you feel mentally exhausted after talking to them? It can be subtle sometimes. I might even think "wow I really liked that person!" after the meeting, but notice that I feel mentally bagged...

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

47

If you lead a social media team: Create a safe place where your team can openly discuss how to improve the content that’s working, how to kill the content that’s not working, and how you can remove any obstacles preventing your team from producing the best content possible.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

48

You can have a conversation with a few people at a time. Your blog posts can be read by thousands of people at a time. Your products can be used by millions of people at a time. Productize yourself to scale yourself.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

49

To become a better communicator, be more specific: I’ll get it done soon → before lunch. That looks better → faster, simpler. I like it → I like it because...

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

50

Learn to communicate. If you're a designer, you communicate a lot. If you're an engineer, you communicate. If you're a founder, you communicate. If you're a VC, a lawyer, a painter, a podcaster, an accountant, a comedian… you communicate. Learn to communicate!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl