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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

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How to Thrive in the New Communication Age

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How to Communicate at the Highest Level

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Mapping Your Communication Progress

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Construct Your Message in Three Acts

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Think of Your Message Like a Meal

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Is Practice Part of Your Communication Routine?

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Three Levels of Communication Success

Clear, persuasive communication skills are a source of competitive advantage in the workplace. The people who can get make their point clearly, get to the point quickly, and make a persuasive case will get noticed and be in demand. Period. But not everyone communicates at the same level of skill. Some have natural comfort or skill,… Continue Reading

Leadership Tip: Look to Your Parenting for Help

My wife Emily and I are proud parents of two great kids, one age six, and one age sixteen months. We’re also both voracious readers, and we’re always looking for ideas and insight on better parenting. And much of what we read boils down to this: As a parent, will you make decisions that solve… Continue Reading

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