Getting straight to the point
There are many benefits to being straightforward when you speak.
If someone knows what you want and you beat around the bush, you'll raise their suspicion. If they don't know what you want and you can’t get round to it directly, they'll put their guard up.
We live in a pandemic of corporate pleasantries. Walk into any meeting and you will find many people saying many things about nothing. Don't use meaningless words like "I was just hoping we could..." or "in light of this scenario", they make you unremarkable and forgettable.
Beginning with the outright statement of your intentions will make you appear confident about your ideas and more trustworthy. Practice getting to the point when you speak in your professional and personal life. In a world of pleasantries, your candour will differentiate you from potential competition.
Focus on lead measures
Apart from being straightforward when you speak, your intention to be a leader in your workplace or home needs you to focus on lead measures.
When you keep focusing on the end-results, you tend to lose sight of the building-blocks that led to the results. Lead measures are indicators or actions you take leading up to your goals. For example, if you want to execute a marketing campaign, your creative assets and content are your lead measures.
Good lead measures must be:
- Predictive: likely to predict your achievement of the goal
- Influenceable: you must be able to control them
When you tackle your next project, identify your lead measures, keep track of them and see how they impact your desired result.
Looking to be a more assertive leader? Check out the 4 disciplines of execution that can help you strategise your next steps.