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.
I remember vividly my first digital transaction (don’t we all!). Sat in a slightly unhinged ad agency, I could barely suspend my disbelief that ordering a case of wine on my laptop would result in it being delivered to my front door the next day. Even though that was over 15 years ago, only now is the debate about what the digital age really means for leadership beginning to take shape.
You can’t pick up a leadership book or piece of engagement research without someone telling you how fundamentally important ‘being a great communicator’ is in a leader’s skillset. And let’s face it, it’s not an assertion that many are going to argue with.