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This podcast answers some of life's most challenging and awkward communication questions. We cover everything from diffusing a jerk to asking for a raise. We'll talk about how to start a conversation at a networking event, and what to do if your nose starts running in the middle of a presentation. You'll learn how to handle these situations with ease. These episodes are based on actual questions from my clients every day and come with practical tips you can start using immediately. I've kept these episodes short, so you get just what you need, when you need it, without having to listen through long, drawn-out interviews. Listen, whether you're talking at work, home, or just hanging out with your friends, there isn't an aspect of your life that isn't impacted by your communication, so why not be the absolute best you can be? 

Jul 21, 2022

If you want to be direct, lead with what you need. (how's that for direct?)  It sounds simple, yet it can be a struggle for many. It's difficult to lead with what we need because it feels risky.  It seems easier or safer to explain ourselves first before we get to our point.

See if you can relate to any of these examples: 

-asking for an increase in budget 

-pitching a complex project/idea 

-asking for a raise

-requesting more time on a project

Now, please don't read me wrong; these scenarios will require explanation. However, the level of detail will vary based on circumstances and the person you're talking with. But you can make the other person's job easier by being upfront with what you need before diving into the details.  In other words, when you lead with what you need, you reduce confusion and allow the other person more time to think.

It sounds like this...

-"I need to increase the budget for project XYZ, here's why"

-"Requesting permission to move forward with project ABC."

-"I'm requesting a raise; let me tell you why." 

-"This project is going to require more time. Here's how much." 

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