Effective communication is an essential component of political, professional success

Dear Editor,

Some of us love it, some of us hate it. The rules of the English language are brimming with intricacies, inconsistencies, and obscurities, and therefore it is critical that politicians, who are public speakers, master the technicalities of our native language and not get confused with their homonyms and mixed up with their pronouns. Watching the television interview done by the new Mayor of Georgetown, after their first meeting concluded, I must admit disappointment with her lack of fluency and the fact that her grammar was really far from flawless. It is simply impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator. From our earliest days in the classroom we are trained to focus on enunciation, vocabulary, presence, delivery, grammar, syntax and the like.While I don’t mean to belittle Her Worship, these things are important to learn. The ability to use the Queen’s English separates the truly great communicators from those who muddle through their interactions with others. As Mayor she will be required to spend the overwhelming majority of her time each day in some type of an interpersonal situation. Effective communication is an essential component of political and professional success, whether it is at the interpersonal, intergroup, intragroup, organisational, or international level. The best communicators are great listeners and astute in their observations.   Best of Luck!

Sean Moniz