Category Archives: Public Speaking Skills

Your Colleagues Will Build a Statue in Your Honor

Want your colleagues and co-workers to build a statue in your honor at work? They will, if you keep this stuff in mind about your business communication!

In nearly every workshop I teach, I ask a question that sounds something like this:

How many of you attend too many meetings that run long?” Nearly every hand goes up, every time.

How many of you get too many emails that are too overwhelming to read?” Nearly every hand goes up, every time.

How many of you wish your colleagues would get to the point more quickly?” Same result… every hand.

How many of you think your colleagues think the same way about you?” Not nearly as many hands go up.

We all want others to be brief. But few of us show the same courtesy to our colleagues that we want them to show to us. The classic conundrum…

Do everything you can to get to the point quickly, please. How? Lead with the most important stuff, leave out the extraneous detail, plan for 20 minutes if you are told you have 30, watch the clock, and aim to finish five minutes early, every time.

It’s not hard. It just takes preparation, content frameworks and practice.

Make it a goal. If you develop the reputation of having valuable meetings or presentations that finish early, they are going to build a statue in your honor in the parking lot.

Have a great day.

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3 Keys to Being a More Memorable Speaker

Here’s a great goal for you in your next meeting or presentation. Make it your mission in life to make it easy for people to remember what you say. Have you ever had the experience where a presenter just walked into the room, and from the moment he or she opened their mouth, you were… Continue Reading

What to Know Before You Tell Your Story

At The Latimer Group, we talk and write all the time about the ability to communicate clearly. That is our purpose, our mission, our raison d’etre. To succeed in the 21st century global business environment, you need to be able to communicate with your colleagues, employees, customers, prospects, and shareholders, and you need to be… Continue Reading

Clarity and Brevity: The Search Continues

Have you ever sat through a meeting, or a conference call, or a presentation, and thought to yourself, “Oh my god… I wish this person would get to the point…“? Yeah. Me too. Many, many times. We all know what it feels like to have our time wasted by someone who just won’t, or can’t,… Continue Reading

Video: The 4 Skills of Great Communication

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4 Long-Term Benefits of Being a Great Communicator

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Communication Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult

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Video: The Recipe for Great Communication

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Want Stronger Communication? Eliminate Weak Language

This past weekend, I was at the breakfast table sharing coffee with my wife, and our seven-year old son. While we were sitting there, he asked me lots of questions (as always) about whatever was inside his head. Today, it was plants and how they grow. And I said something like, “All living things keep growing, all… Continue Reading

Authenticity, Confidence, and Executive Presence

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. By now you have probably seen the hilarious BBC news clip of the Political Science Professor being interrupted during a live television interview. His children barged into his office—the smiling toddler in yellow, followed by an enthusiastic baby in a walker.… Continue Reading

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