When People Listen to You


We all know how it feels to have our time wasted.

Have you ever been in a meeting/presentation/conference call that seemed to have no purpose? Or where the speaker could not get to the point? Or where you wondered why you were even there?

[Pause for you to nod in agreement…]

Have you ever listened to someone and felt they were completely wasting your time? Have you ever listened to someone and thought to yourself, “This person needs to be better at presenting”?

[Pause for more agreement…]

Now, think about this… Have you ever considered whether people feel this way when they listen to you?

[Pause… just pause…]

That is the harder question. We tend to tolerate in ourselves behaviors that we will not tolerate from others. But spend a few minutes and consider your own skills. Are you able to clearly articulate the point? Are you able to get to the point, with clarity and brevity? Can you create context and relevance? Do you communicate value? Do you make it easy for people to remember what you say?

Do you speak in a way that respects other peoples’ time?

Think about it. Competitive advantage awaits you.

Have a great day.

At The Latimer Group, our individual Coaching services are highly customized and designed to help you achieve your specific goals. Typical engagements focus on developing skill sets in Leadership Communications, Public Speaking, and Executive-Level Business Presentations. To learn more, e-mail us at info@TheLatimerGroup.com

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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.