Have you ever been in a conversation where you feel like you are each speaking a different language? When you are trying to share a thought, an idea, but you have a hard time getting the point across and you lose your audience in the process?
This actually happens A LOT in my household as I typically switch to Spanish when I’m tired and I leave my husband trying to guess what I’m trying to say… but that’s a story for another email.
It happens to all of us-- while we know what we are trying to share, we have a hard time doing so and that is what I want to bring to you today.
As you might know, I’m in the thick of TEDxNewBedford planning for our 1,200+ people event on November 6th here in New Bedford, Massachusetts. If you are local and have not purchased tickets yet, I recommend you do so soon as tickets are going fast! BUY TICKETS
As the lead organizer for this event, I have the responsibility of working with the speakers to help them craft their ideas to share with the world. Easier said than done!
While all our speakers came with an idea “worth sharing”-- the communication of this idea is not always easy-- and my role as a coach resembles how Michelangelo talked about his art.
"Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it." Michelangelo
Whether it is one-on-one coaching, speaker coaching or working with teams, my role is to help my clients take out the noise and reveal their true essence, ideas, passion and their dreams. Move from fog to clarity!
We get bombarded with self-judgement, negative talk and other people’s judgement. We over explain and over complicate because we feel we have to. The more we intellectualize what our heart wants to share, the more we disconnect and limit our communication and the more we limit our impact and growth.
While this can affect us all the time and in almost any situation, this lack of CLARITY can be a challenge whether you are an entrepreneur looking to pitch your ideas or a speaker looking to connect with your audience-- especially if you only have less than 18 minutes.
So whether you are looking to close your next round of funding, land a TEDx stage or pitch a new direction to your boss, here are three tips that may help you share your idea:
Keep it Short: This is obvious but very hard to do. As a rule of thumb if you need more than two short sentences to explain your idea, then you still need to work at clarifying it.
Generate Emotion: Communicate your idea in a way the other person is able to emotionally connect with it. Move the person from their head to their heart-- it’s in their heart that he/she will remember your idea. Using metaphors sometimes can be very helpful. (The more multisensory you can make it, the better!)
Make it Relevant: Why is your idea important? Use numbers to emphasize your idea, to make it something which will impact more than one person.
Let me know how if you need help pitching your next idea or getting to the right stage. Send me an email or leave a comment in social media. Want to have a private conversation? Schedule time to connect.
Have a great rest of your week,
Dolores is a Coach & Strategist. She works with high achievers and helps them define the strategies they need to succeed in life and business. What separates her services from other coaches is that she only works with entrepreneurs and professionals looking to double the size of their business or reach the next level in their career. Because of this, she is very focused on her services and leads her clients out of the fog and into the clarity where they co-create their unstoppable, clear strategy and lay the groundwork for their measurable success in 100 days. Her platform word is CLARITY from where she leads her clients into the crafting and implementation of their winning strategy.
We are in the home stretch towards TEDxNewBedford taking place here, in New Bedford, MA on November 6th at the Zeiterion Theatre. Learn more or purchase tickets and join me for a day of inspiration, bright new ideas and connection. Come and bring your friends and colleagues.