Want to impress your boss? Or maybe get one of your teammates to instantly appreciate you?
Tell ’em “I got this.”
Take the responsibility off their plate and onto yours.
And if you’re collaborating over email, do it buy saying this:
“I’m moving boss / teammate / personal-responsible-for-the-task to BCC.”
They’re off the email chain and know you, now, got this.
Think about how amazing it is to get that email.
[HT to DP for telling my Monday softball team he’s “moving me to BCC” and handling the weekly roster shuffle while I’m out of the office (at the lake).]
Compare the following sentences:
A: “I’ll need that document on my desk by 8 AM so I can be prepared for my meeting.”
B: “You have until 8 AM tomorrow to finish so we can be prepared for that proposal.”
And now, these two:
A: Let’s say I find a flight to Vegas. I can book the flight and lock in the fare. If I change my mind, I can cancel anytime for free.
B: Let’s say you find a flight to Vegas. You can book the flight and lock in the fare. If you change your mind, you can cancel anytime for free.
See the difference?
Your readers (of email, text, blog post, documentation, memo, sales copy, etc.) care about one person.
Hint: It’s not you.
Want to understand the culture, worldview and traditions of any group of individuals?
Imagine their life without electricity.
- No lights.
- No air conditioning.
- No refrigeration.
For most, that was just 100 years ago. For some, that’s still life today.
Now, their demeanor, work ethic, and eating habits make a little more sense, right?
You may not think of yourself as a creator.
But every one of your words, your actions, your thoughts makes a permanent impact on the universe.
Will yours be filled with love?
They’re not about you.
Same with any other words you read or hear.
They may sound like they’re about you. Heck, they may even be directed at you.
But really, they have nothing to do with you. They’re about MY insecurities. My fears. My discontent.
They’re not your words.
So, why take ’em personally?
When is there ever an excuse to NOT introduce yourself?
- People should know you? Nope.
- People do know you? Nope.
- You’re older than everyone? Nope.
- You’re the leader of the free world? Nope.
If someone says, “Hi, my name is,” why would you EVER not say the exact same thing back?
Yes, saying, “Good to meet you!” is a fine thing to say.
But give your name, first.
In preparing for a presentation, you have two choices:
- Cover everything (ramble).
- Figure out what you need to cover.
The former takes a lot of time and is far less effective than the latter.
Rambling means one of two things:
- You’re not prepared.
- You’re not listening.
Either way, rambling on is probably a poor choice.