Why Commit to Lean Communication?
Professional leaders recognize the value of concise communication as a core skill that sets them apart. Brevity forces clearer thinking, which leads to better decisions and results.
- Reduce time spent in meetings, briefings and your “inbox”
- Make better decisions faster based on clear, consistent information
- Develop consensus that unifies effort and encourages follow-through
- Enhance understanding of your mission and message
- Improve operational efficiency and effectiveness
- Ensure clarity to reduce confusion and re-work
Embrace concise communication and develop a culture of brevity
Tuning In, Tuning Out: Technology is the New Noise
A recent survey of professionals completed by The BRIEF Lab, reveals an interesting tendency: The more technologically “connected” we are, the more turned-off we are, mentally. Learn how to take the first steps to improve your focus, your work output, and your life. Download the full report today.
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Honestly and briefly communicate your emotions in words
Moving beyond a too-brief response to spark better, longer conversations How are you doing? How do you feel? How was your weekend? Often, we respond to these innocuous questions with some variation of “I’m fine” and move on. Some would say that is the easiest and briefest answer– but it’s not always the best one. […]
Help your team deliver an effective training program
Our focus at The Brief Lab is to help professionals become clear and concise communicators. During these training sessions over the last decade with CEOs, military leaders, and business managers, we’ve had many organizations ask us to train their own instructors on our distinctive communication training approach. They all love the way our instructors are […]
Remote workforce activities that get (and keep) teams talking
There are plenty of opportunities to stretch communication skills, especially in a crisis. Leaders need to find creative ways to help their teams stay motivated, focused and productive. One of the first areas they can help their teams is personalizing contact among them. Keeping the tone of daily conversations “business as usual” can make any […]
Virtual Programs Preps Team for Communications Challenges of Working from Home
BRIEF Remote Workforce Communications Course – How to tele-communicate efficiently The big connectivity shift With continued uncertainty around COVID-19, companies are embracing travel bans and unprecedented work-from-home policies. IT teams are scrambling. But with cameras on every device and cloud access to most platforms, it’s not the technology or connectivity that worries me. […]
Are you “phubbing” your relationships?
Are you guilty of “phubbing” (i.e., snubbing someone to pay more attention to your phone)? So addicted to your devices and other distractions your face-to-face interactions are superficial? Technology can get the best of people sometimes. Research shows 59% of people checked their work email while on vacation, 10% checked it at a child’s school […]
5 Tips for More Productive Meetings
As I plan for 2020, one of my resolutions is to share the dangers of noise – the regular distractions, useless information, and mindless chatter in our lives – and provide tools and techniques to help focus on what matters. Meetings are a huge source of noise. This is a constant issue at work, given […]
4 Ways to Improve Your Holiday Season with 1 Little Word
The holiday season provides a perfect example of the power noise has to distract and overwhelm. If you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself inundated with noise over the past few weeks. Constant text messages and reminders to attend holiday parties, the regular ding of new offers and discounts from various brands, emails from coworkers […]
Staying Sane for Holidays: 4 Tips for Managing Your Digital Devices
As we move full speed into the holiday season, most everyone becomes increasingly stressed by their never-ending to-do lists, both personal and professional. The holidays are ripe for multitasking. Everyone is trying to get everything done at once. And you know what’s making it worse? The regular ding of our digital devices, drawing our […]
The Dread of Silence: Why is it so hard to stop the Noise?
Stop right now and listen to what’s around you. What do you hear? Music? An alert from your phone? A news anchor chattering on the TV or radio? The nonstop noise that surrounds us doesn’t abate. Our focus as a society is dwindling, and we’re becoming mentally anemic, consuming useless information with little value. Clearly, […]
Why you need to protect yourself from Noise
It’s time to set off an alarm: the world is going deaf. In this age of constant notifications and readily accessible information, we’ve become so distracted by noise that it threatens our existence. It’s becoming harder and harder to tune in to the essentials and tune out what drowns us. It’s vital we address these […]
Announcing My New Book – Noise: Living and Leading When Nobody Can Focus
We are in an unnerving moment in history: information is becoming more of a threat than a reward. Smartphones, laptops, tablets, and smart watches. Screens in cars, airports, gas stations, classrooms, offices, hospitals, and hotels. The constant buzzing of a 24-hour news cycle. The list goes on. What? Did you just miss that? Maybe you […]