Five Things People Never Say

“Wow, that meeting was great. I wish it was a lot longer.”

“When she explains things everything seems more complicated. It’s great.”

“He never gets to the point. I love listening to him.”

“His presentations are always so hard to follow. I love feeling overwhelmed.”

“Her slide decks look like a passage from Moby Dick. I wish my decks looked more like that.”

They never say these things. None of them. Ever.

Instead the vast majority of people complain about meetings and presentations and slide decks that are never clear, never get to the point and never end on time. We all know how it feels to be on the receiving end of really bad meetings and presentations.

But here is an important question for you to ponder. What do people say about your meetings and presentations? Do you know? Are you sure?

Here’s how you can avoid being part of the problem. The rules are simple:

Be clear. Your first draft is never as clear as you think it is. It will take some thought and several iterations to get it right.

Be brief. Some detail is fine. The operative word is “some.” Rather than assume all the detail needs to be included, assume very little of it does. Make the detail have to earn its way in. Otherwise put it aside.

Be seated. There is almost no such thing as “too short.” Be the person who gives time back to your colleagues.

Have a great day.

Does your team:
– Take too long to make decision?
– Fail to ask for what it wants or needs from you?
– Make things too complicated?
– Deliver unconvincing or disorganized presentations?
– Have new hires who are unprepared to communicate in the workplace?

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Dean Brenner

A book about change

The Latimer Group’s CEO Dean Brenner is a noted keynote speaker and author on the subject of persuasive communication. He has written three books, including Persuaded, in which he details how communication can transform organizations into highly effective, creative, transparent environments that succeed at every level.