Simply Said
Simply Said
Simply Said is the essential handbook for business communication.

Public Relations Society of America

Top 4 Ways to Communicate Cleary and with Impact

04-12-2017

On April 12, Jay Sullivan, managing partner of Exec-Comm and author of Simply Said, will host a webinar for the PRSA's, Public Relations Society of America, online public relations training program.

We all connect with the world around us through our own filters, our own perceptions and misperceptions, our own assumptions. Occasionally those filters act as lenses to help us see more clearly. Most of the time, however, they cloud our view. How can you communicate more clearly? How can you connect with others to understand their needs better? How do you tailor your own messages to be heard better by those around you? In this session, you’ll learn simple techniques to avoid making assumptions, step outside of yourself and your filters, and focus on the needs of those around you.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Learn to focus on the other person to make a more solid impression.
  • Craft a clear message about yourself and your abilities without bragging.
  • Deliver that message with confidence and credibility.
  • Avoid “up-speak” and the use of qualifying language.
  • Jay Sullivan

    Jay Sullivan is the Managing Partner at Exec-Comm, and leads the firm’s Law Firm Group. He is an award-winning author and columnist, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center. His book, Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond, was released by John Wiley & Sons in 2016.  As a contributing writer for Forbes.com, Jay brings relevant and timely advice on enhancing one’s communication skills to the business community.

    Whether working with groups or in one-on-one coaching arrangements Jay helps professionals have greater impact by teaching them to focus on the needs of their audiences. Jay works closely with the learning and development professionals at many global law firms and financial services firms to customize communication skills solutions.

    Jay joined Exec-Comm after nine years as a practicing attorney. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1989. That year, Jay was named among the first class of Skadden Fellows by the Skadden Foundation. As a Skadden Fellow, Jay acted as in-house legal counsel at Covenant House, a crisis shelter for runaway and homeless teenagers. Following his Fellowship, Jay spent seven years practicing insurance law on behalf of Lloyds of London.

    After graduating from Boston College in 1984, Jay spent two years in the Jesuit International Volunteer Corps, teaching English. His book about that experience, Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge, was named the 2014 Best Book by a Small Publisher by the Catholic Press Association. Jay was a featured columnist on communication skills for the New York Law Journal, and has been published in Readers Digest, Catholic Digest, Parents Magazine, The Golfer, and The New York Times.

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