Today marks World Hello Day, which recognises the importance of communication in all aspects of our lives. A surprising commemoration at first glance, however the history behind the celebration of this day dates back over 40 years.
The History of World Hello Day
World Hello Day was first created in 1973 in order to show people, that conflicts can and should be resolved through communication, and not violence. The idea is that clear, honest communication breed’s peace.
In the 1970s, the conflict between Egypt and Israel was quite severe, and many people began to fear yet another huge war would break out. World Hello Day was created as a direct response to the Yom Kippur War that finished in October of 1973, during which thousands of both soldiers and innocent civilians were killed.
The peace discussion at the end of the war was the first time that Arab and Israeli officials met for direct public discussion in 25 years. The concept of World Hello Day was created by Brian McCormack, a Ph.D. Graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard.
Over the last 42 years since its creation, World Hello Day has been celebrated in 180 countries. It is an occasion that shows it possible for anyone in the world, individual, organisation or government, to contribute to the process of creating peace through the effective, and most importantly, honest use of communications.
Good Leaders, Good Communicators
The importance of communication is something we work with many individuals and companies from around the world on.
Regardless of whether you’re talking about politics, business, sports or the military, the best leaders are always first-rate communicators. Their values are clear and solid and promoted by not only what they say but also how they communicate.
So how to make your communications more effective?
So get out there and through effective, honest communication use your skills to make a difference to the world around you.
It’s been emotional…
For iconoclasts, it has been a year of heady hoopla. For the established order, it has been a wake-up call like no other. Citizens on both sides of the Atlantic, in Europe, and beyond, are only just beginning to understand the implications.
A lot of our work is angled towards the C-suite and senior leaders, with a healthy dose of development for emerging talent thrown in for good measure. But I’ve been asked several times in the last few months about communication support for frontline leaders, and when that happens, it usually means there’s something going on that’s worth exploring.