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Clarity and Brevity: The Search Continues

In a fast-paced culture and work environment, we must search for clarity and brevity!

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, get to the point.

Have you ever sat through a meeting or presentation and watched nearly everyone in the room, especially the most senior people, immediately flip to the last page in the deck? Yeah. Me too. Why do people do this? Because they want to know what the point is. And most of us suffer from a chronic inability to make our point quickly. Somewhere along the way, we all read the same book that taught us to try to keep our business audience in suspense for as long as possible.

We’re not writing movie scripts here, people. Your colleagues will not walk out of your next presentation and say “Kyle, that was great. You kept me in suspense right up until the last slide. I had NO idea where you were taking me. It was fantastic!” People will never, ever say that to you.

The point here is that in the 21st century business world, our communication needs clarity AND brevity. We have to make our point clearly AND quickly.

Final question of the day. You all know what it feels like to have someone else waste your time by not getting to the point. Now, the harder question. How often do you think people feel that way when they are listening to YOU?

Exactly… time to get to work.

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

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

How to Communicate at the Highest Level

In December, we shared a blog post about the importance of mapping your progress as a communicator. In short, the only way to REALLY be sure you’re improving as a communicator is to have some way to measure that improvement. When we work with clients at The Latimer Group, we use a three-stage rubric of… 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

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How to Gain Mindshare in 2017

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The Most Important Word to Remember for Great Communication

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4 Easy Steps to Leading a Great Conference Call

A 2004 survey from Raindance Communications looked at the issue of multitasking. And for those of you who regularly lead conference calls (like me), brace yourselves… the numbers ain’t pretty. These stats are a little dated but still eye-opening. According to this survey: 90% of people surveyed said they multitask while on conference calls; 70% reported doing other,… Continue Reading

Healthy Meetings for a Healthier Business

How often do you sit in meetings and think to yourself “wow… this is a colossal waste of time“? My guess is your answer is some version of “far too often.” The next time you are feeling that way, do some quick back-of-the-envelope calculations. Make an estimate of what you get paid by the hour.… Continue Reading

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