Want to up your game in communication?
Answer the question.
When someone asks a question, answer it. Do it simply, succinctly and only elaborate if asked.
Most people don’t do this. They tell you what they wanted to say, offer a story or dodge the question. And, it’s frustrating for your listeners.
And you lose credibility and the confidence of those who want the answer.
It’s even more important when offering or giving feedback.
Be direct and get to the point, keep it simple and do not elaborate unless asked. When you don’t, people can’t hear the intended message. Too often, we let our discomfort allow for too many words, stories and explanations, diluting the message and missing the point.