Tag Archives: Brevity

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

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 Recipe for Great Communication

The Recipe for Great Communication contains 5 ingredients: Clarity, Brevity, Context, Impact, and Value. But depending on your audience’s “taste” — that is, depending on what kind of information your audience needs — those ingredients may vary in proportion. So, how do we know how much of each ingredient to use when we prepare for meetings… Continue Reading

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

Presentation Tips: Organize Your Details

Several of my coaching conversations have been focused on the same thing of late… when I am speaking to my boss, how do I stay out of the weeds? I get stuck in the deep detail, and he/she gets frustrated with me. Sound familiar? “Too much detail” is a constant issue in the 21st century… Continue Reading

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

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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 Global Need for Respect

During the past year of client work, we’ve spent time with professionals from over 25 different countries… busy, ambitious, successful, intelligent professionals. They worked in finance, engineering, marketing, communications, procurement, and all sorts of leadership and management positions. Our client base is certainly a diverse group! And any time we have an intense period of… Continue Reading

Mapping Your Communication Progress

Our work at The Latimer Group is all about helping our clients build strong and powerful communication skills. And to do that effectively, we have to be able to help them assess two things: current strengths and weaknesses, AND a path towards improvement. One without the other just isn’t that helpful. Skill development, in any… Continue Reading

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