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SIMPLY SAID: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond

11-02-2016

NEW YORK - Communication affects every interaction every day. It defines relationships, empowers leaders, sets precedents in organizations, and establishes workplace cultures. As a result, tips on how to improve communication skills from one’s singular perspective—from striking the right “power pose” to eliminating filler words—abound. However, according to one seasoned communicator, most of this advice, well-meaning though it may be, is not the easiest or most effective way to improve our ability to connect with others.

In his new book, SIMPLY SAID: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond (Wiley; October 31, 2016), Jay Sullivan of Exec-Comm, LLC, argues the key to communicating well is to focus less on ourselves, and more on the person with whom we are communicating. Providing the perfect mix of strategic and tactical advice to help professionals at all levels connect better with those around them, Sullivan’s approach generates maximum impact by putting the focus on what the other person is trying to gain from the exchange.

“If you think of what you have to share in terms of how it impacts others, your message about yourself changes,” writes Sullivan. “Your message to the world is not about yourself, but about how you impact the world.”

What does this mean in execution? The minute we start with “helpful to you,” we have told our listeners very directly that we have put all of our energy into serving them. We’re focused on them, not on ourselves. More importantly, as we plan what we are going to say, structuring our notes or putting together our PowerPoint slides, if we keep thinking, “helpful to you…” we challenge what we share and the way we share it.

Showing how effective communication skills are more than choosing the right words, SIMPLY SAID teaches readers how to write more clearly, present with more impact, run more effective meetings, develop stronger relationships, and stand out as leaders. Readers will intuitively start to communicate from outside their personal framework by putting simple steps into practice over time. The book covers:

  • Content. Your message is never about you. It is always about how your audience needs to use your content.
  • Oral Communication Skills. The way you convey your substance. Tell engaging stories and control your tone. Learn to embrace silence.
  • Written Communication Skills. The way you represent yourself when you’re not physically present. Craft concise messages that demonstrate your value.
  • Interactions. Listen well. The only way to know what the other person needs is to ask, and then to truly, deeply, listen.
  • Leadership. The way you set the tone and relate to others. Connect, inspire, and guide.

If you think of what you have to share in terms of how it impacts others, your message about yourself changes. Your message to the world is not about yourself, but about how you impact the world.

The advice is specific and tangible. The approach is straightforward. The message is simply said.

Simply Said CoverSIMPLY SAID: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond
by Jay Sullivan

Publisher: Wiley
Paperback

ISBN: 1119285283
Pages: 256
Price: $22.00

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Publication Date:
October 31, 2016
Contact:
Megan Grajeda
512-904-9258 or megan@cavehenricks.com

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