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Effective Communication

Effective Communication

"Communication is a basic life skill, as important as the skills by which you make your way through school or earn a living. Your ability to communicate largely determines your happiness. When you communicate effectively, you make and keep friends. You are valued at work. Your children respect and trust you. Effective communication makes life work."

Matthew McKay, et al. Messages : The Communication Skills Book. Vol. Fourth edition, New Harbinger Publications, 2018.


The Art of Effective Communication

This presentation is intended to challenge its hearers to evaluate their current methods of communicating for the purposes of saving time and emotions, as well as increasing the effectiveness of one’s communication. Effective communication can be defined as the delivering of information that is accurately received, in the least amount of time, without being an emotional burden. We can conserve our time, which is our greatest asset, by effectively communicating. Marcus Alexander Velazquez is a public speaker, event host, musician, actor, author, voice-over talent, and screenwriter. His music has been publicly endorsed by the likes of Former United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Anita Padilla of Fox News. He has also been interviewed by Univision and Elizabeth Czapski of the Chicago Sun-Times regarding his positive music. He is an avid mental health advocate, having been through 3 years of counseling to navigate the ins and outs of his own childhood traumas. He's been an Assistant Trainer for a Leadership Development company and currently serves as a Disciplinarian at Mansueto High School in Chicago - a Noble Charter Network school. Throughout all of his ventures, he is focused on renewing the minds and hearts of everyone he comes into contact with. Marcus' hope is that his life experiences will allow him to gain rapport and trust with audiences around the world so that he may speak into their lives. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at