Every now and then I am aware of my message not being received. Nothing seems to land. Not a glimpse. Which, in my opinion, is exactly the same as a message not being understood. Hé, when a message isn't received, for sure it isn't understood! On rare occasions, I even feel my message is avoided. People finding all sorts of ways or excuses to avoid taking anything in.
On these occasions I often behave too smart; pushing people aside by spreading too much content they can't relate to. Or I am too geeky; being overly creative with texts, words, sentences and titles to make my point. Which people refuse to relate to either! When I am also not able to land what I need to say is when I add way too many details. Too much detail distracts people's attention from hearing the thing I want them to hear. And the last experience I would like to share, that I've noticed prevents my message from being received, is when I'm giving in to the challenge of explaining the process, steps or technical stuff of how I got there.
So, I am on my way to stay out of smartnesses, details and how to's. I'm learning :-). But let me already share with you 3 do-able 'deliver your message' tips with direct impact.
3 do-able, 'deliver your message' tips:
TIP #1) If you were only allowed to say 1 sentence about the project you take care of... What would be the one thing people should know about the project? The one thing that really is important, is at stake, or is needing attention now? What would you feel you need to say? 1 sentence.
TIP #2) For you to stay away from jargon, to keep it simple and to be totally transparent... Imagine yourself sharing what you need to say to a true friend. A friend who isn't a colleague or a peer professional! In 1 sentence.
TIP #3) Repeat this sentence whenever and where ever you can. In your speaking, in your writing and in your actions. Start with your message, walk people through, and finish with your message. In each presentation, conversation, document and task; use your message over and over again. Walk your talk. A talk that is easy to relate to. Which message isn't a burden to stay away from, but a joy instead, a welcome to join.
And only then, when people really got your message, some of them will be willing to hear more. Be ready to listen to them.
My message is that professionals, experts and specialists can significantly mean more for people’s lives.
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