How to Get Ahead by Speaking Vaguely

Joel Stine at Bloomberg Businessweek writes:

Being abstract isn’t about saying nothing. It may even force you to say something more meaningful, if less informed. This way of speaking is effective because it implies you have a grand thought on a specific theme. It also delivers a judgment. It’s basically every TED talk, minus that one minute in the middle with actual information.

Think of every State of the Union this century. People assume a wonkish, Clintonian mastery of details shows power. In actuality, a Reaganesque overall direction makes you seem more in control. Similarly, if you’re running a meeting, don’t try to impress people with how much information you’ve amassed. Instead, transform all that data into a straightforward story.

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Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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