It doesn’t matter how much I explain it, it just doesn’t seem to sink in!
Ever feel this pang of frustration when trying to get a point across? It’s pretty common to think that when someone isn’t ‘getting’ what we’re trying to say we need to give them more information. So we do just that – offer up more info, more context, more ideas, more…everything.
Our information-saturated environment reinforces this idea – there’s so much info out there. Clearly it means that to make an impact we need to give a lot of information, right?
Wrong. Very wrong. The counterintuitive truth is that when it comes to getting a point across, effective leaders and communicators actually focus on saying less.
This week I sat down with my good friend and meetings expert Gord Sheppard for a fast-paced interview on The Meeting Leadership Podcast. You’ll want to carve out the 11 minutes it will take to listen to the whole thing, as Gord and I got into some great points about how you can mean more by saying less.
- Why it is so important to not share everything that is on your mind
- How valuable it is to find the right message that your followers want to hear
- Why you should avoid tangents so you can help everyone to stay on track and more
So click here to head over to the podcast and have a listen – I promise it’s worth every one of the 11 minutes!