Dear Carnegie Coach,
I have just started working on a project where it is necessary for me to communicate with members of a company outside my industry. The information that I am providing seems to be going over the heads of the individuals I’m working with. These individuals are not as familiar with how I’m expressing my ideas as someone would be who is working in my industry. The problem seems to deal with how clearly I express myself. Are there any tips you can give me that will enhance my ability to clearly express my ideas.
In day to day communication there are countless opportunities for miscommunication and misunderstandings. Thus, regardless of what we do we must clearly inform others. Here are some tips that will allow you to express your ideas clearly.
2) Illustrations– Research has proven that over 60% of those listening to us are visual learners. An illustration may engage your audience, and help stimulate learning.
3) Organize Thoughts-This will allow those listening to you to remain on the same level because people enjoy order and clarity.
4) Narrow subject to key points-Discuss what you feel is most important, don’t overload your listener with unnecessary information.