A wicked message: how to make sure your message gets results (part 2)
In the last post, we defined the difference between a wicked message (which requires more mental effort on the part of the listener) and a tame message (which is clear and easy to follow).
To get a response, you need a tame message. So here’s how to do it
How do you make your message tame?
A tame message is communicated using the listener’s perspective – not from the all the detail the speaker sees.
Here’s your listener’s perspective:
If you are asking people to sort the message from the noise – you are asking too much.
Do you have a method of clarifying what is not needed in your presentation? Most people don’t. They are busy demonstrating that they have done a lot of work by adding more than is needed. As information expands, the ability to decide what is not needed is of greatest value to managers.
So find a way to clarify your message so it’s easy for people to apply. And then cut out all of the extra detail that might clutter your message.