Archives for April 2019
“King astutely recognized that our contempt of other people is largely inspired by our disregard for ourselves … The first step is recognition. Many people can’t even identify what it is about themselves that they despise. This leads to a general sense of vulnerability and unease and a strong defensive reflex to lash out at anyone who seems to be uncovering the hidden shame. We often don’t want to identify those shortcomings which, if they came to light in our consciousness, would make us feel ashamed.”
Help Them Understand
You see the big picture and it is clear to you. However, it’s tough on others when you can move too fast so you don’t bring your audience with you. They probably do not have the background, experience and context you have on your topic.
You will lose others unless you can translate more simply to others.
For example, I told a client just today, “You are capable of swallowing a watermelon of information in one gulp, but some around you are struggling to swallow a marshmallow!”
That’s why you have to put your knowledge into memorable, bite-sized pieces to get true traction with your audience. Is it frustrating? Yes, but over the long run, you’ll get more done.
Executive presence tip – Carol Keers
Thanks to my brilliant Egyptian client who realized, “Data should be in my mind and not on my tongue.” A line I’ll never forget!
Executive Presence tip – Carol Keers