5 communication lessons from entertainer Jim Nabors

An outpouring of appreciation followed the death of the Alabama actor and singer. This writer knows why. If you can win over a bunch of cynical junior high kids, you can win any audience.

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The news that actor, singer and comedian Jim Nabors died drew an outpouring of sympathy and appreciation from fans and fellow entertainers across the internet Thursday.

I suspect some younger readers are scratching their heads over the flurry of tweets and stories about a performer best known for his role as “the amiable bumpkin Gomer Pyle in two hit television shows of the 1960s while pursuing a second career as a popular singer with a booming baritone voice,” as The New York Times described him.

For me, though, the Alabama native’s death sparked memories of the gifted entertainer whose grace, skills and love of his audience offer lessons for communicators today.

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