IT IS an under-appreciated fact that the quality of your communication is at the heart of your connectedness with other people and yourself.

It is also a great irony that, in this increasingly inter-connected world, more and more people are experiencing greater levels of isolation.

If you invest time and thought into integrating the seven powers of transformational communicators into your life, you can achieve greater professional and personal success.

The first thing to do to get yourself started on improving your standard of communication is not to confuse communication with language. To clarify, language is the tool you use to communicate, while communication is the intention for which language is used.

The more successful financially or non-financially you desire to be, the greater sophistication you will require for both your inter-personal and especially your intra-personal communication.

Why is intra-personal communication an area you need to give greater focus to? This is because the first level of your communication is the communication that takes place in your head! It is from this intra-personal communication that inter-personal communication takes its cue.

Becoming a transformational communicator requires you to become well-versed in all seven of the following powers.

To make this enriching for you, rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 on the following powers, with 10 being the highest.

1. The power to influence a course of action

To what degree do you demonstrate the power to produce a desired course of action through the actions and behaviour of others, using your communication skills?

Score: ___ out of 10

2. The power to win people over

To what degree do you demonstrate the power to attract, entice and win over people, using your communication skills?

Score: ___ out of 10

3. The power of prompt timing

To what degree do you demonstrate the power to get things done and have them delivered in a timely fashion, using your communication skills?

Score: ___ out of 10

4. The power to prevail in the face of adversity

To what degree do you demonstrate the power to dominate circumstances and overcome situations, using your communication skills?

Score: ___ out of 10

5. The power to persuade others to a point of view

To what degree do you demonstrate the power to induce others to believe something, to convince by urging and suggesting, using your communication skills?

Score: ___ out of 10

6. The power to cause things to happen

To what degree do you demonstrate the power to breathe life into, to give rise to, to bring about and to cause things to happen that previously did not exist, using your communication skills?

Score: ___ out of 10

7. The power to evoke a compelling future

To what degree do you demonstrate the power to elicit and draw forth, through the imagination, a vivid compelling reality, using your communication skills?

Score: ___ out of 10

The above exercise, if done with brutal honesty, will give you some idea on where you stand and where you could be with respect to your communication potential. It should also have revealed to you the possibility of what you could achieve were you to improve it.

Be aware that the knowledge you gain and the competencies you develop in communication have a major impact on how proficient you become in the seven powers of transformational communicators.