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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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Communication Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult

Communication clarity is really hard in the 21st century… a mantra I have recited over and over in this space. It’s hard because of the noise, the competition for mind share, and shrinking attentions spans. But often the best way to combat difficulty and noise is to focus on the most simple, basic elements of… Continue Reading

Be the Fearless Girl. Stare Down the Bull!

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. State Street Global Advisors pulled off a brilliant coup with its surprise installation of the “Fearless Girl” on Wednesday morning to acknowledge International Women’s Day. State Street has been advocating to increase the number of women in leadership roles and sitting on… Continue Reading

10 Time Management Tips to Create Better Communication

Simple idea today, that recently came up in a coaching session. My colleagues and I talk all the time about great communication skills, and all the things that help create those skills. We believe that when we take the time to prepare for our meetings, presentations and calls, we will do a much better job… Continue Reading

When Communicating, Don’t Make People “Change the Channel”

The world I grew up in and the world my young son is growing up in are vastly different. And I’m not even that old! But when I was a kid, there was no cable TV, no internet, no streaming content… We had five channels, and you watched what was on, commercials and all, and… Continue Reading

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

Good “Pre-Persuasion” Makes Everything Else Easier

Do you find it easy to persuade people? That’s a broad question, with an answer that is likely to be some version of, “Sometimes.” Whether someone is easily persuaded depends on a lot. The size of the ask, the environment and situation you’re in, the kind of person you’re trying to persuade, and other variables… Continue Reading

How to Gain Mindshare in 2017

It’s hard to get people to pay attention any more. A lot of people believe that attention spans are shrinking. But regardless whether they are or not, here is an undeniable fact: there is exponentially more competition for mindshare and attention than ever before. So the net effect is the same — because there is… Continue Reading

5 Keys to More Persuasive Communication

Are you persuasive? When you speak and write, do you have the ability to persuade people to do what you want them to do and to believe what you want them to think? Those with the power to persuade are in demand. People want to be on their teams. People follow their lead. Persuasive people… Continue Reading

Anticipate the Objection, and Make the Connection

I am currently in Paris, France running a series of two-day executive communication skills workshops for one of our top clients. The participants came from all over EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa.) In today’s workshop, we had executives from France, UK, Morocco, Italy, Portugal and Egypt. It was an outstanding group, and a thoroughly enjoyable day. In… Continue Reading

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