Eternity is Not Down Here
One of my favorite priests believed that a homily (sermon) should be no longer than seven minutes (preferably five). He said that eternity was not down here on earth.
I’ve considered this over the years and thought this process should be put in place for much of what we do. Taking it one step further, perhaps limit yourself to three or four points whenever you do a One-on-One session with a team member, a meeting you conduct for your team, a marketing message you are putting out for your target audiences OR whenever you are talking to your child.
Sometimes we either pack too many things into one discussion for people to focus on the main points, or we say something and then explain in several different ways, which can also confuse a person.
Consider saying what your main point is and then supporting it with up to three support points. If you do this consistently you will get a reputation for being a solid communicator.
ACTION STEP FOR THE WEEK:
Hold a meeting (whether it is a One-on-One or a Team Meeting) and just focus on three or four topics. By the way: If your meeting is a general one, then your first topic should be something that they have done well. It really sets things off in the right tone for the remainder of what you want to discuss.