Situation – Impact – Resolution

Don’t be a problem-screamer. Be a problem-solver by organizing your email message or oral briefing into three distinct sections: situation, impact and resolution. Answer these three questions: 1. What is the situation? 2. What impact is it causing? 3. What is your recommended resolution? When time is money, these questions get to the heart of…

Concise Business Writing

Long paragraphs annoy readers, especially busy bosses. Readers have a tendency to skim, scan and even skip writing that looks too long. Cut your paragraphs by sticking to the 1-2-3-4-5 rule: 1 main thought, Expressed in 2 or 3 short sentences, Taking up no more than 4 to 5 lines on the page. I learned…

Best Presentation Content: Emotional, Novel & Memorable

The most engaging and persuasive presentations obey three laws, according to Carmine Gallo. They are emotional by touching the audience’s hearts with passion and storytelling. They are novel by teaching the audience something new. They are memorable because they present content in ways that the audience won’t forget. These laws are compelling whether you’re inspiring…

Stories Sync Our Brains

Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to present a memorable message to your audience. In fact, Uri Hasson, a Princeton neuroscientist, found that stories trigger similar brain responses in the speaker and the listener. When we tell stories, our brains literally sync up with our audience’s brains. This connection or “brain coupling” enhances…

Ready for Job Search?

A recent survey found that 21% of full-time employees plan to change jobs in 2014. That’s a 17% increase over last year. Are you ready to make a change? Brush up on your interviewing and executive presence skills by signing up for Dardis Communications’ Leadership Presentation & Image Skills course on March 5 and 6…

When the Audience is a Crowd

Engaging the audience can be tricky, and your introduction can make or break how the rest of your message will be received. Make your introduction and your speech about the common denominator in the room. Make it all about the audience. Studies compiled by the Consumer Health Informatics Research Resource indicate that messages that resonate…