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How to improve strategic communication

During my recent one-on-one coaching session with Andre, an executive who I regularly work with, we discussed the topic of strategic communication.

Andre, known for his soft-spoken demeanour, thoughtful approach, and superb listening skills, has earned a great reputation within his organization for developing strong external relationships.

Consequently, he was given the responsibility of coaching his colleagues to cultivate and nurture such connections of their own.

I was curious to uncover his keys to success, so I asked Andre: “What is your favourite tool or piece of advice that you share with this group?”

I thought his advice was so helpful that I wanted to share it with you.

He told me that he teaches his colleagues to “kill the next question.”

I love this expression.
I had never heard it before.

In essence, he explained that this principle requires you to be prepared, to think ahead, and to anticipate the needs of others.

Now that is what I call strategic communication!

This simple yet impactful phrase is all about being proactive.

It requires you to approach your relationships and conversations in a thoughtful way.

It ensures that you won’t be caught off guard, especially when you need to deliver an important presentation or build a relationship with your key stakeholders.

So, the next time that you need to communicate strategically, make sure that you “kill the next question.”

This will allow you to feel confident and prepared in any situation!

Vanessa Judelman

Vanessa Judelman is an author, coach, and sought-after leadership expert. Over the past 20 years, she has created a proven formula to develop results-oriented leaders who feel empowered and confident in their job. Vanessa is the author of Mastering Leadership: What It Takes to Lead in Today’s Fast-Paced World. Order your copy here.

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