Messengers Cognitive science has demonstrated time and time again that what is being said can matter far less than who is saying it. The key is to be intentional about choosing messengers who are viewed with trust, respect and the appropriate level of authority on your issue. Choosing the right messenger is a critical step in every strategic communication effort. Without the right person delivering it, your message is just a nice set of words.
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www.com-matters.org Messengers Have your messengers changed over time?