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Make It Happen Tipsheet
Career Management and Life Balance

The Centre of Gravity

We communicate by writing and by speaking. We project our ideas to others using nuance, idiom, tone of voice, and body language. We do it in our business presentations, group meetings, in proposals, job interviews and resumes. But how do we know that the message is getting through?

We don't.

The first paragraph of this Tipsheet has a centre of gravity that is me-focused: WE write. WE speak. WE use body language - and so on. But what about the recipient? They read, they listen, they observe, they react - and then they respond. They recommend, they buy, and they hire.

To achieve your objectives - and indeed to work successfully with others - your message must be received clearly. Use words that can be easily understood. Look for active listening signals. But most importantly, look at the situation from their perspective - not yours.

This week's action item: Before you next write or say anything, think about what the other person expects to get from the interaction -- and then deliver. When your message matches their requirements, it is far more likely to get through: you've successfully moved the centre of gravity.

Make It Happen Tipsheet
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Copyright © 2007 Knowledge to Action Press and Randall Craig. All rights reserved.

Publication Date: February 6, 2007

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