My dad was a great speaker and successful executive. When I would listen to him speak, I remember being impressed by how he would say what he needed to, make his point and leave the impression he desired on his audience all without saying a lot or taking too much time to say it. I never saw him lose an audience or a single listener.My dad would counsel me about speaking with a favorite adage, “The brain will absorb what the rear end will tolerate.”Shakespeare wrote that “Brevity is the sole if wit.” In executive speaking, Brevity is a sole of retention.When it comes to executive speaking, Brevity is an essential skill to practice. To exhibit Brevity in executive speaking, you should have a command of the skills of being:
Let’s explore each of these skills.