Be brief, then be gone.

2 06 2015

“‘I am’ is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language.  Could it be that ‘I do’ is the longest sentence?” ~George Carlin

Aside from the obvious humor of George’s quote, I’m reminded of one of my favorite sayings:  “What’s the ‘so what’ of what of it?”  As leaders progress through their careers, they find themselves interacting with executives at higher and higher levels.  The time of these executives is worth progressively more, so leaders have to be able to distill their thoughts down to the “so what” quickly.

So, if you want to keep your leader’s attention, lay out the data behind your issue, explain the “so what” in case your leader doesn’t have all the context around the issue (don’t explain all of the context in long, boring detail), and then ask your question.  Have your “elevator pitch” ready to go.  If you can’t get to the point in 2 short paragraphs, then you’re saying too much.  Get my point? 🙂

Speaking of sentence…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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