Getting to the Point: Breaking the Habit of Over-Explanation

My coaching clients often ask me how to learn to communicate more clearly and directly. It’s funny, because I’m aware of my own weakness: I’m a chronic over-explainer!  I have to really focus on making the most important point first. And stopping there, because:

You don’t need to explain EVERYTHING about an idea

You don’t need to give all the DETAILS up front

You don’t need to rationalize WHY you are communicating

My longtime coach and friend Renée Dineen once said to me, when we were working together, “Rachel, just put the idea out there. It’s a good idea. You can explain it later if you need to.”

Now that I’ve over-explained my communication tip for the day :), how do you get your ideas out so people hear them?

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