Many people tell me that they like my On the Same Page emails because they are brief, to-the-point, and practical. I try to do the same thing when I speak. Because I learned some time ago that the very best leaders I’ve worked with don’t need a lot of words — they express their thoughts effectively and confidently by being terse. In comparison, I see people in meetings get long-winded, going off on tangents, telling stories, or even repeating what they say.
I’ve found that the longer one talks, the less they actually communicate. That’s either because their message gets lost in all the words, or they don’t really know what their message is.
When you’re clear about your message, you are able to say it briefly. Work on this for yourself and for your team. It will help make meetings shorter and more effective. A tip: Ask, “What’s your point?”
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Bob Legge provides organizations with the ability to exceed their most ambitious goals. I work with leaders of Fortune 500 companies, small and mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. Together, we drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org