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Make sure your message doesn't get lost under a lot of extraneous information. (Jack Hollingsworth/© 2004 Jack Hollingsworth All Rights Reserved)
Make sure your message doesn't get lost under a lot of extraneous information. (Jack Hollingsworth/© 2004 Jack Hollingsworth All Rights Reserved)

Get straight to the point when you want a colleague's attention Add to ...

Framing your message in the right way is the best way to get your point across when communicating with colleagues, says Harvard Business Review.

“To capture any audience’s attention, you must frame your message properly. Whether you’re making a presentation, composing an e-mail, or talking with your boss, here’s how to convey your idea:

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Start with what you want

Busy colleagues don’t want to wait for the punchline. Provide the most important information up front.

Explain the complication

Give the specific reason for your message. What prompted you to deliver it?

Connect to the big picture

Explain why your audience should care. Point out what is relevant to them and how it links to their goals.

End with a call to action

Once you’ve set the context, reiterate what you need.”

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