Legendary investor and billionaire Warren Buffett has a tip for young people: Focus on learning how to write and speak clearly.
"The one easy way to become worth 50 percent more than you are now — at least — is to hone your communication skills — both written and verbal," says Buffett in a video posted on LinkedIn on Monday.
The video was posted by Michael Hood, the co-founder of the Toronto based start-up Voiceflow, which enables users to design, build and launch skills for Amazon's smart speaker, Alexa, without needing to know how to code.
"If you can't communicate, it's like winking at a girl in the dark — nothing happens. You can have all the brainpower in the world, but you have to be able to transmit it," Buffett continues.
“如果你无法沟通，就像在黑暗中对一个女孩眨眼 - 不会有任何反应。你可以拥有世界上所有的智力，但你必须能够传播它，”巴菲特继续道。
"And the transmission is communication," says Buffett, who is currently worth more than $86 billion, according to Forbes.
Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson agrees that being able to communicate effectively is critical to success.
"Today, if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you also have to be a storyteller," the British businessman said in 2016 blog post. "Of course, it is no use being a good storyteller if your product or idea is rubbish. But it is not enough to create a great product; you also have to work out how to let people know about it."
“今天，如果你想成为一名创业家，你也必须成为一名能讲故事的人，” 这位英国企业家在2016年的博文中表示。 “当然，如果你的产品或想法是垃圾，那么成为一名优秀的讲故事人是没有用的。但创造一个伟大的产品并不够，你还必须搞清楚如何让人们了解它。”
Hood and Buffett were heading to the Canadian Walk of Fame Inductee Gala together on Saturday, Hood confirmed to CNBC Make It. The young entrepreneur posted the video on Monday.
Hood和巴菲特星期六一起前往加拿大星光大道举行联欢晚会，Hood向CNBC Make It证实了这个消息。这位年轻的创业家周一发布了该视频。
Hood, who is 22 years old, was Buffett's escort for the day, "a once in a lifetime opportunity" for a young entrepreneur, Hood tells CNBC Make It. Hood was chosen via the start-up incubator he is part of, Next 36.
22岁的Hood告诉CNBC Make It，他是巴菲特当天的陪同人员。“这是一个千载难逢的机会”，对于一名年轻的创业家来说。Hood是通过他所属的创业孵化器Next 36被选上的。
Hood asked Buffett in the video, "What is one tip? So you are talking to people that are 21, 22, just graduating school. What is one tip that you can give them?"
The advice is something Buffett has learned firsthand.
"I was terrified of public speaking when I was in high school and college," Buffett said in a BBC video, published in 2009.
"I couldn't do it. I mean I would throw up and everything."
When he was younger, Buffett took a public speaking course at Dale Carnegie, the workplace training and professional skills development organization founded by author Dale Carnegie.
在他年轻的时候，巴菲特参加了Dale Carnegie的公开演讲课程，这是由作家Dale Carnegie创立的职业技能培训的组织。
"I actually have the diploma in the office. And I don't have my diploma from college, I don't have my diploma from graduate school, but I have got my Dale Carnegie diploma there because it changed my life," Buffett says in the video.
And it is this decision to improve his own skills which Buffett now preaches. The octogenarian tells Hood, "Invest in yourself."