Always Start with Your Main Point - Episode 40 with Dr. Bill Wallisch
When you’re speaking, do you get to your MAINPoint, or do you beat around the bush? Learn some strategic communication tips that help you get you the results you’re looking for!
I. Endorsed by several large companies and organizations, including the Federal Government
A. First endorsed by Jimmy Carter, Executive Order 12044
1. Carter wanted to rid the government of, "Too much Gobbledy Gook."
2. "Plainspeak" would allow Americans to understand what was being said and written
B. One of the many groups required to learn and use MainPoint is astronauts
C. Works best where top employees (management) embraces the program and everyone gets on board
II. How MainPoint Works
A. Begin with your main point
What is the most important point the audience needs to hear or read?
B. Trim your support to two to five pieces
1. Target to your audience
a. What will they do with it?
b. How will they use it?
III. Scientific Method differs
A. State the Problem
B. Inquiry/ research
D. Main Point at the end
1. You may have lost your audience by now
2. People appreciate knowing the main point up front
IV. A good leader finds this out and then gets out of the way, but stays available for help
A. Do you have a plan?
B. Is it working?
C. Are you ahead or behind?