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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Keep it simple: For the best effect, make your point, without repeating yourself, and then stop.
- 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.
- 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.
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