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Make Your Communication Stick!

Alan Andersen

Communication…We all know how important it is to communicate, yet what I find is we are sometimes not equipped with how to deliver our message. Brad Lomenick has some great tips below on How to Make Your Communication Stick. What he shares are simple, yet engaging ideas that will inspire you to get that conversation going, and in a way that is meaningful and memorable!

I talked about communication in Silence is Not Golden, it’s Deadly. Employee surveys reveal that communication is virtually always at the top of the “needs improvement list.”  Problems in communication can mean inaccurate information or insensitive comments. However, a huge chunk of it fits in the negative category of not communicating information properly.

Much of what is shared involves some of my favorite coaching topics: Be vulnerable. Be authentic. Connect personally.

Which step are you going to embrace today to communicate better with those in your sphere of influence?

Grateful to be your Coach,

 

 

 

8 Ways to Make your Communication Stick

By Brad Lomenick

Whether you are a seasoned leader, college student, author, professor, CEO, politician, or pastor, we all have to learn to communicate well. Whether we are speaking to thousands, speaking to our staff, giving a report, making a speech, teaching your kids soccer team, or addressing your company, it’s imperative as leaders we know how to communicate. To make our point. To deliver a message. And communicating is much easier said than done. Actually it’s the saying part and the doing part that make it difficult.

So here are some tips that might make communicating a bit easier for you and a bit more enjoyable for those listening. To make it stick. 

1. Keep it Simple. Stay focused on a few key points. And use common sense. If it sounds confusing, it probably is. If it sounds cheesy, it probably is.

2. Tell great stories to validate your points. Unless you are just an amazing communicator, your points probably won’t hold me. So sprinkle in some great stories, good analogies, personal connections, and current events.

3. Inspire action. Push me towards doing something, not just hearing something.

4. Know your audience. Seems simple, but many miss this one. Make constant connections to your audience. If you’re talking to a group of high school students, don’t use the same jokes and intro as you did with the local Lions Club mens pancake breakfast the day before.

5. Create hooks, repetitions, and memorable phrases. I won’t remember all you said, but I might remember something you said. Our current culture is now built around soundbytes- status updates, tweets, texts, etc. So keep it simple, but also keep it short.

6. Connect personally. Look people in the eye. Recognize individuals in the audience and mention their name. Find people in the crowd and speak directly to them. Make eye contact with the entire room, from side to side. If your audience thinks you care about them, then they’ll care about what you are saying.

7. Be authentic, vulnerable, and funny. The key is to just simply be you. Allow the audience to get to know you. Make yourself vulnerable by talking about a failure or something that gives you instant connection. Be funny and find ways to keep your content light and humorous.

8. Land the plane on time. Not just ending on time, but actually ending with the right timing. Don’t keep circling above the runway – land it now.

What other tips would you add for communicating well?

This article previously appeared at True Life Coaching, a subsidiary of Shandel Group. If you enjoyed this post, read Shandel's book, Clarity: Focusing on What Matters.

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