Communications Insight For More Inspiring Leaders Is the Devil in the Detail?

Is the Devil in the Detail?

 12th Jun 2022
Devil in the Detail
In the early stages of one’s career, typically you’re expected to be “all over the detail”.

After all…

You’re close to the coal-face.

You’re learning fast.

You’re needing to master your craft/s.

The trouble is, when it comes to #communication upwards (internally or externally) being “all over the detail” won’t serve you.

Listeners - no matter how smart and experienced they are - will find it too complex, too long, too laborious or just too dull.

Brutal I know.

But it’s true.

Step back from the detail.

Identify the 2-3 most important points/insights/devts your audience needs to take away.

Build your content from there.

Believe me, your MD, C-suite Exec, Manager, Director or client will thank you for it.

 I was recently promoted into a role where public speaking and inspiring people has become more central to my ability to be effective. I was amazed by how effective just one session was. I heard indirectly that my presentation had been particularly inspirational - one person even contacted the Director of my organisation to say how impressed he had been. Without any exaggeration, I give all this credit to Simon.


Esther Stevenson | Former Head of Africa, Christian Aid

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