Want to move from a mindset of “more” to a mindset of “meaning?” In this video, get pro tips from Richard Branson and the Second City comedy troupe on how to clarify your messages and why less really is more.
- Recently, I had a conversation about simplicity…with Kelly Leonard who spent many years at Second City,…a legendary improv comedy troupe.…He's worked with everyone from Tina Fey to Stephen Colbert…and he shared this about communicating with your audience.…"The best comedy is reductive.…"When something isn't working,…"you've probably done too much.…"Get to the quickest, easiest way to deliver something.…"And then move on."…His advice translates to the business world, too.…Keep your messages clear and concise.…Say less, not more and keep things moving.…
Less not more is also a key aspect…of how the founder of Virgin Group,…Richard Branson, decides whether his company…should explore a new business venture.…He insists that any new business pitch be simple enough…for the average consumer to understand.…In fact, he says if a summary of an idea…won't fit on the back of an envelop, it's unlikely…the consumers will understand it, let alone buy it.…If your own presentations, emails, or pitches…aren't Branson-level short, ask yourself…
Lisa begins with a quick diagnostic exercise to identify areas of complexity in your workday. Next, she explains how to get simplification started, like auditing how your team spends time and pinpointing redundancies and time-wasting activities. Finally, Lisa provides actionable steps for simplifying everyday work like email, meetings, business processes, decision-making, and more.
- Identifying unnecessary complexity
- Auditing your workday
- Establishing productive habits
- Simplifying emails and meetings
- Streamlining decision-making