Get the C-Suite to Listen: Five Strategies

Fine-tuning communication skills can improve your career path.

December 06, 2012
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Talking to members of the C-suite and senior management can be stressful, but it can make all the difference in your career, according to Mark Bashrum, vice president of corporate marketing and strategic intelligence at ESI International.

Communicating clearly, concisely, directly, and persuasively with decision makers who can green light your ideas takes preparation and specialized knowledge, Bashrum says.

He says these five strategies will help ensure that each conversation is professional and effective:

Learning to communicate ideas effectively, Bashrum says, is a required skill for those wishing to advance.

Be Concise

Mark Arnold
December 09, 2012 6:18 pm
These five suggestions are right on target. I would suggest a sixth strategy: be concise. Executives are beyond stressed for time. Be able to communicate your idea quickly and succinctly. Make a compelling case (elevator speech about your idea) in 108 seconds. If they like your thoughts, they'll give you more time.

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