It’s no surprise that Ronald Reagan was called the “Great Communicator.”
Not satisfied with just charming Hollywood, Reagan went on to have a distinguished political career and consistently ranks as one of the greatest US presidents in recent times.
So what can we learn from the Great Communicator on practical communication for the twenty-first century?
“I’ve always believed that a lot of the trouble in the world would disappear if we were talking to each other instead of about each other.”
“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.”
“Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.”
“There are no easy answers’ but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.”
“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
“Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.”
“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”
“I won a nickname, “The Great Communicator.” But I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference: It was the content. I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn’t spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation — from our experience, our wisdom, and our belief in principles that have guided us for two centuries.”