Repetition can be a useful communication tool, but if you find that you constantly needing to repeat yourself, your communication style may be to blame. By following the six part “speak like you mean it” framework you can spend less time repeating yourself, and more time on what matters.
- Be authentic. Be true to who you are when you communicate.
- Be clear. Think about the recipient, is your message clear to them?
- Use influence. What does your message mean for your team? Keep it relevant and influential to what’s going on now.
- Inspire. When your team member feels it, they’re more likely to be part of it.
- Use physical and vocal energy. Your body language and tone help you connect with your message recipient.
- Bring the conversation to life. Stories, anecdotes, and metaphors make the conversation more relatable.
By using this framework, you can get your message across most effectively. Staying on the same page with your team takes work, but speaking like you mean it can make things easier!
“If you aren’t authentic and people don’t feel that you’re being real, it’s a little bit like a dart hitting a dartboard, but there’s no point on it… you can’t connect with somebody who’s not real.”
— Melissa Gordon