Make Your Communication Irresistible

November 04, 2013

Filed Under: Communication, communication, Your Career, your career

That’s a rather audacious claim, right? But it’s true. You can make your communications compelling. How? By understanding the difference between “features” and “benefits.”

A simple way to understand the difference is: features are about you and benefits are about the other person. When you communicate with anyone through any medium---face to face, email, phone message, whatever---it’s critical that what you say is focused on the benefits the other person will receive from taking in your message.

Almost every message is an offer of some kind. Here’s a simple example: Imagine that someone is trying to schedule a meeting with you via email. Which is the more compelling offer: that they send you one possibility for the meeting time or several options?

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