The BRIEF Lab - Just Saying show

The BRIEF Lab - Just Saying

Summary: The point of this podcast is to help you become an effective and efficient communicator. The topics that we discuss tackle many of the most pressing issues that people face in a world flooded by information, interruptions and distractions. The promise is that you and your ideas can stand out consistently. Hope you enjoy. [ Just Saying ]

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 Stay tuned. Fans aren’t really | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:33

Why are more and more fans these days not watching the sports they love, but still following them avidly online?

 The BRIEF Lab Annual Survey Report | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:10:47

In a survey of 1,000 professionals we disclose and discuss how constant connectivity is effecting our performance. Is always being plugged in helping or hindering us? Download the report here :

 An argument against persuasion (and for civil discourse) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:04

Nobody wants to be pushed, persuaded, swayed or sold something. Nowadays, powerful persuasion is ironically what’s killing civil discourse and making everyone tune each other out.

 Senseless note-taking | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:14:25

Writing down every word verbatim in the middle of a conversation, call or a meeting is a quick ticket to getting lost in the weeds. Listening, waiting and writing noteworthy notes is what drives big-picture thinkers.

 Conversation highjacking | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:33

The ugly reality is an errant word or simple comment is all it takes to send a conversation off track. Who’s to blame and how to avoid this painful problem?

 Is there power in repetition? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:19

What’s the hidden risk of repeating yourself? When people are easily distracted, it may be worth restating, reiterating or rephrasing. Just don’t overdo it (like I just did).

 Bite your tongue | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:45

Some comments can derail conversations and send people down a rabbit hole or over the edge. There’s wisdom to know when to keep your mouth shut, no matter how tempting saying one more thing might be. Download the Bonus PDF:

 Avoiding an audience double standard | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:21

If you had to speak to an important, influential and busy executive, you’d expect brevity to be built in. Yet there’s a totally different (longer) standard when communicating with teammates, peers and subordinates. And it’s not ok.

 Why is listening so hard? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:10

Very few people are good listeners and the majority get no formal training to improve this valuable skill. We’ve all felt the frustration talking to someone who isn’t really listening. So why is it so hard?

 Quiet time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:22

In a world that’s always on, we feel drained. Ironically, we need to unplug to recharge. Finding critical moments for quiet in our day will help us gain peace, perspective and rest from the noise.

 Getting some people to talk more (not less) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:27

We all know people that are longwinded, confusing and unclear. But there’s also a segment of professionals that needs to speak up and doesn’t say nearly enough. Let’s explore ways for them to find their voice.

 Hidden Risk of Being a Confident Leader | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:58

Leaders can be passionate, powerful and captivating. Nearly all of them are completely convinced that their explanations are crystal clear – and they’re not. The fallout can leave people excited, yet deeply confused.

 The uncomfortable allure of a crucible story | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:14:30

There’s so much to gain when dealing with past pressures and pain. By embracing and sharing stories of our own struggles, conflicts, failures and frustrations, we grow as real leaders that others can trust and follow.

 Leaders we all love deliver precise praise | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:12:27

Kind words from a boss or client not only lift our spirits but also motivate and move us. We all need to learn to lead by improving how and when we show others succinct forms of flattery and encouragement.

 Knowing if a meeting should’ve been an e-mail | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:21

You feel the frustration being stuck in a long meeting only to realize that what was covered could have been better delivered in an e-mail. Determining the core criteria will help you make the right choice.


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