Friday, March 2, 2007

Don't let them get you down

I have just finished speaking to a fabulous leader who is preparing to present to a tough panel of senior peers who, for one reason or another, may be hostile, passive aggressive or outright nasty. Tough gig, huh?! Well, yes - but that’s why it’s called Leadership. It’s not easy!

My advice was don’t let them get you down! I don’t mean in the emotional sense, I mean in the message sense. The only place for disagreement is on content, if you present your message at a high enough level of abstraction you can reach consensus in almost any situation.

There are three parts to every message and in our BE CLEAR program we teach how to do this. Check out this month’s gift to understand the 3 elements of every idea and how to structure your message so that they work across all levels of abstraction.

Next time you think the room is tough, check if you are running your message at high enough level of abstraction.

Don’t let them get you down!