Pam Solberg-Tapper for the News Tribune
"You're the average of the five people you spend the most time with." —Jim Rohn
Have you ever walked away from a conversation or meeting asking yourself "It was so clear in my head, why didn't I say it that way?" "I can't believe I kept rambling on" or "It really didn't go very well"? You are not alone because this is not uncommon. Many leaders struggle with being clear, succinct and to the point in their communication. Try this A-P-R-E-C (Audience, Point, Reason, Evidence, Conclusion) framework to organize your thoughts, speak concisely and with clarity.
As a leader, are you intentional about sharing what you stand for? Your Leadership Point of View is a statement of your beliefs about leading others. It reflects who you are, what is important to you and what others can expect of you. When you share meaningful information about yourself, you build trust so others will follow you and give their best.
To be successful in today's world, it's not only "who you know," it's "who knows and remembers you." Being visible and providing value is a key to success. Lots of visibility with no value is like "fluff" and you are not taken seriously. If you have valuable ideas and opinions that you don't express, you can be overlooked. Here are some ways to increase your visibility and value.
It's now 2018, and you may be thinking about New Year's resolutions. According to behavior change researcher John Norcross of the University of Scranton, about half of the population makes resolutions each year, with the most popular being weight loss, improving finances, exercising and getting a new job. This year, change things up and commit to a character-driven resolution. Think about who you want to "be" versus what you want to "do." This elevated mindset will help you become the best version of yourself as a leader. Here is the process: