As we head into the holiday season, it is a good time to reflect on this year’s accomplishments as well as next year’s objectives. Some of my executive coaching clients tend to focus only on the negatives and need to be reminded of their successes. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is through 360 degree feedback.
I recently completed a 360 degree feedback process for several technically accomplished individuals who are most comfortable with a detailed, analytical communication style. I am working with them to leverage their strengths in other areas and to adjust their style to reach different audiences. Each of these clients is developing their ability to provide a high level overview to senior executive audiences as well as a more general approach for non-technical colleagues.
Like a chameleon, adapting your style will enhance the way your audience sees and hears you. How can you ensure that your message is getting through?
• Learn as much as possible about your audience
• Ask for input on how best to communicate with them
• Review your presentation with a trusted advisor who can give you valuable feedback
• Adjust the level of detail accordingly
• Follow up to confirm clarity
I invite you to try on something different in your next discussion or presentation and let me know how it is received.