15 great quotes about communication

15 great quotes about communication

April 2, 2015

It’s almost Easter so time for something a little different.

Communication in the workplace throws up classic quotes every single day – it’s the nature of our business. Here’s some of our favourite quotes on communication… with a few, ahem, rib-ticklers tagged on the end.

I’ve even categorised them for you because that’s the kind of list-loving, obsessional dare-devil I am….

The Ones That Truly Matter

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break.”
Earl Wilson

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”
Peter Drucker

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.”
Ken Blanchard


The Ones That Are Common Sense

“Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.”
Jr. Freeman Teague

“A company is people … employees want to know… am I being listened to or am I a cog in the wheel? People really need to feel wanted.”
Richard Branson

“Good words are worth much, and cost little.”
George Herbert

“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”
C.S. Lewis


The Ones to Bend Your Brain

“The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.”
Joseph Priestley

“Talk to people about themselves and they will listen for hours.”
Benjamin Disraeli


The One With The Most Surreal Employee Engagement Approach Ever

So you listen to me and you listen well. Are you behind on you credit card bills? Good, pick up the phone and start dialing! Is your landlord ready to evict you? Good! Pick up the phone and start dialing! Does your girlfriend think you’re a worthless loser? Good! Pick up the phone and start dialing! I want you to deal with your problems by becoming rich!
Jordan Belmont, Wolf of Wall Street


The One Which Is Truthful And Oozing Underlying Aggression

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”
Howard Aiken


The One With The Second Most Surreal Employee Engagement Approach Ever

“Some of you seem to have got off on the wrong foot with me. You didn’t like some of the jokes I told earlier. You’ve got to chill out. Trust me, this is what I do, all right? You will never work in a place like this again. This is brilliant – fact. And you will never have another boss like me. Someone who’s basically a chilled out entertainer.”
David Brent


The One With The Rapper

“Stop, collaborate and listen.”
Vanilla Ice


The One Where A Legendary Cartoon Character Puts Us Firmly In Our Place

“Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true!”
Homer Simpson


This article first appeared on LinkedIn Pulse here…