The 10 best & 10 worst communicators of 2012

Politicians, business execs, athletes, entertainers—each group is represented in both categories. Check out who made the lists, and why.

The 17th annual Decker Communications List of Top Ten Communicators features noteworthy successes and failures—reminding us that strong communication skills are essential. Highlighted by the summer Olympics and the election, 2012 featured many messages to rally support. Another key theme of this year was technology, with respect to both industry leadership and the various platforms used for communication. From business to politics to pop culture and the space in between, here’s the list:

10 best communicators:

The 10 best mastered the art of connecting with their audience. Their behaviors exude passion and energy, and they deliver a consistent and credible message.

1. Michelle Obama

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