Learn How to Communicate with People

Let’s talk about communication. Why? Because knowing how to communicate with people will help you in so many ways—both personal and professional. It’s arguably the most valuable skill there is—especially for Beachbody Coaches.

During the 2015 Training Camp Live event, I had an opportunity to sit down with my pal and co-event producer, Coach Jimmy Hays Nelson. We poured ourselves a couple of cocktails and settled into the Don Draper memorial set for a conversation. What was on our minds? Developing great people skills and learning how to communicate with people better.

Something I talk a lot about is how I got to be where I am today. When I speak to new coaches or other business contacts, they often have the misperception that I’ve always been good with people. Uh, they’d be wrong. This is a skill, like any other, that I had to learn and hone. It’s one that’s been huge for me—and it’s something you can learn too.

If you’ve read my story, you know I started out my career as an attorney. When I became a Beachbody coach, I had to rethink my entire approach to dealing with people. First and foremost, I had to talk less and listen more. So I started investigating how I could develop this skill.

When I picked up this book called Personality Plus by Florence Littauer, I had an “Ah ha!” moment. (If you’ve done the First 30 Training, you’ll know this book well.)

It outlines the four basic personality types, and, more importantly, how to deal with them. In the video, I discuss these techniques and how I incorporate them in my business.

By the way, I mentioned personal life before—they work great with spouses and kids, too! Understanding how people think, what they need from you, how they make decisions…those were game changers for me.

If someone were to ask me “Hey, Dave, what’s the secret of your success?,” I’d have to answer that it’s (hands-down) having learned how to relate to and communicate with people.

Take the time to give the video below a quick view. I’ll bet you find a few ideas that you can put into practice today.