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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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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

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

You May Be Undermining Your OWN Meetings!

Quick, but powerful idea for you today. Let’s say you have a  meeting coming up and you will be making a presentation. Your boss and some other senior managers will be in the room… or maybe a key potential client who you have been trying to sell for a year… or maybe you will be meeting with your… Continue Reading

Why You Should Make Time to Prepare for Meetings

One of the most frequent questions or objections we hear in our workshops, usually delivered right about the time we are teaching our Latimer Group Model for Persuasion, is this… “I don’t have the time to do the things you are telling me to do. I know I need to, but I just don’t have… Continue Reading

Post from the Past: A Better Way to Open Your Meetings

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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

The Shortest Route to Shorter Meetings

Simply get to the point. I write about this topic a lot… and I keep writing about it, because every day we see people speak who take their sweet time getting to the point. We are all busy, we are all suffering from reduced attention spans, and we all hate sitting in meetings, presentations or… Continue Reading

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