How to powerfully make your point in the office

Saying the right thing at the right time is critical to getting what you want. Kirsty Bashforth, writing in Harper’s Bazaar, offers five tips to communicate effectively.

  1. Empathise: Instead of just saying what you want, think out what your subject needs to hear to get them where you want them to be.
  2. Don’t rush: It can be tempting to say as much as possible, as quickly as possible. Instead, take a breath and succinctly make your point. It’ll add power and clarity to your message.
  3. Keep it simple: For the best effect, make your point, without repeating yourself, and then stop.
  4. Don’t be indirect: Get to the point and make things explicit – and don’t assume people will understand what you mean if you don’t actually say it.
  5. Timing: The right message at the wrong time is no good at all. If your subject is in a terrible mood or is distracted, wait until later to act.
  6. How to say what you mean in the workplace

    Image: Unsplash/Christin Hume