Sealed With A Kiss

DELIVER your message with a KISS. Yes, you may want to add a little love and affection to your audience, although Keeping It Short and Simple is the key here. With me so far? Excellent.

KISS is an easy acronym to remember. And the intimation is clear. Short and sharp is the way forward. The longer and more complex the message, the less likely it is that people will be able to recall it. A catchy slogan – brief and to the point – is what works.

Make communication work for you. Interact effectively, simply and clearly. You only have to ask someone directions in a strange town to know that some people find it difficult to get their point across coherently. So the most crucial step? Be prepared. Brief yourself. Whatever the subject matter and whoever the audience, you won’t gain respect unless you can demonstrate that you know what you are talking about.

Understand your subject – and have the essential facts at your fingertips. Then, know your audience. How aware are they already of the topic? Are they interested in it? Consider how they will react to your address – and that will give you some clues as to how you can deliver your information in the most convincing fashion.

So don’t shoot from the hip – or lips for that matter! Kissing and making up is one thing – Kissing while making it up is another matter altogether!

 



5 Comments

  • Paul Charlton

    Be prepared. It is the motto for all things in life.

  • Sam Jacob

    Good advice. Don’t wing it!

  • Francis Greve

    The research and preparation you do for everything will always pay off in the end.
    It is vital you know who it is you are talking to and what about for it to be effective.

  • It can also be useful to ‘begin with the end in mind’ when preparing a talk, by asking yourself: “When my audience walk out of the room, what do I want them to think, feel, say and do?” Communication usually fails when the speaker forgets to create a call to action based on the selfish motivations of his/her audience.
    D 🙂

  • David Taylor

    KISS is great advice – the urge to use too many words often comes when people are still gathering their thoughts. Don’t, simply stop and think. KISS is powerful, KISS delivered after a short, silent pause is powerful x 10.

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