Tag Archives: #BeBrief

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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End Annoying Conference Calls in 5 Easy Steps

We’ve all been to THIS conference call… too many times in fact. While Tripp and Tyler absolutely nail the inherent comedy in the ways we conduct conference calls, let’s take the conversation to the next level. How do we run better conference calls? Here are a few simple ideas: 1. Set context and get the… Continue Reading

The Most Important Word to Remember for Great Communication

My colleagues and I always talk about the five ingredients for great communication. And those five things are as follows: Clarity, brevity, context, impact and value. Now, as you think about the last line I just wrote above, which word do you think is most important? Clarity, brevity, context, impact and value. Which of those… Continue Reading

Brevity, According to Winston Churchill

My colleagues and I speak and write all the time about the importance of getting to the point. We talk about the importance of respecting your audience’s time, managing their attention span, and how our fast-paced 21st century world makes this skill a critical one. It turns out that a pretty famous guy, Winston Churchill,… Continue Reading

The Importance of Getting to the Point Quickly

“Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated.”  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt We all complain about it, but we’re all guilty of it at times, as well. And in all our coaching, it’s one of the most common topics we run into with our clients. It’s the growing frustration with people’s inability to get to the point quickly… Continue Reading

5 Things You’ll Never Regret About Your Business Communication

We’ve done a couple posts recently about some things you’ll never hear anyone say in the workplace. You can read those posts here and here. But our point in today’s post is that as you go about your communication in the workplace, be it with colleagues, clients, or teammates, there are a few things that… Continue Reading

Things People Never Say, Part 2

We just concluded a long stretch of workshops with several clients, and regardless of company or industry, a few things remain intensely clear to us. You’ll never regret clarity and simplicity in your communication. People will never tell you “that was too clear,” or “you got to the point too quickly,” or “your message was… Continue Reading

Be Clear and #MakeYourPoint

I just returned from a two-week trip to Shanghai and Singapore, where we conducted several training workshops for two different top clients. Our workshops were full of people from China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Britain, India, Belgium, Turkey, and Germany. It was a global group, with all of them reporting to global executives. Work… Continue Reading

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