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Info Hazards

On November 29, 2011 By

Information can cripple productivity. Too much of it can leave you feeling like you do not have enough of it – as clarity usually begs for more questions to be answered. In this way, information is really a tripping hazard. It’s value begins once it is converted into knowledge.

How can we convert the information […]

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Tip #15. Focus

Messages that have multiple calls to action can be confusing for our audience. We can eliminate this confusion narrowing our focus on one call to action at a time. Be mindful of those things that can remove focus from the main objective of our communication.

Common Distractors:

Large, prominent […]

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Tip #11. Think Twice, Speak Once

We can avoid confusing our audience by getting to the point as quickly as possible.  This less is more approach to communication is most effectively implemented when we have a clear communication objective.  A phrase to keep in mind might be “think twice and speak once.”

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True value comes in the questions that are asked, not the answers that are given.  More insights can be gleaned by asking questions for deeper understanding.  Below are examples of how you can use questions to gain deeper insights.

In what situations do I leave my team feeling that I don’t understand them? When I’m […]

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Clarify to Simplify

On January 15, 2011 By

“The clearer you are about why you want to accomplish a goal, the easier it will be to figure how to accomplish it.”

-John Fairclough, CEO Resicom

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Tip #2.  Cut the Crud

Simplifying your message increases the likelihood that your audience will understand your point.  One way to do this is by removing unnecessary words and examples.  Use these filters to strip wasted words from your salient points.

Filters:

Is the goal of the communication clear? Can my point […]

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