Top 3 ways to break through the clutter and be heard

When I asked you the favor of completing the survey in January when we launched, I could never have expected the amazing response.

It has been an enormous undertaking to work through all of the detailed responses – but well worth it! In doing the analysis there were so many situations where the biggest communication concern was just trying to be heard.

“Breaking through the clutter” and “Getting people to listen to me” were key phrases that turned up in slightly different ways again and again. It seems that everyone is so busy nobody remembers anything you say even when you finally do get someone to hear what you have to say.

These are my top 3 ways to cut right through the noise – even when you are the most junior person in the room – or a complete stranger!

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you explained your idea or product and the description was just perfect, only to have them ‘not get it’ and ask questions about strangely unrelated details?

I have been there.

(Even worse) Have you heard from someone else a month later a completely different recount of your pitch that missed the point completely?

Been there too.

Ever found yourself in a meeting where everyone is ‘on a path’ and you feel like you’re the only person in the room that is seeing there is a problem – but you feel like you don’t have the power to change everyone’s minds?

Totally been there.

Use my top three strategies to:

  • get your ideas heard, understood and acted on
  • build your reputation
  • create new business opportunities without having to ever compete for a contract
  • I am finalizing the Thinking School course, so it would be great to get your feedback about how you have used these ‘top 3’ or any other ways you have found to get people to listen to you or break through the clutter – Please share them in the comments below.

    Look forward to seeing you again next week!

    Take care.

    PS: Shoutout to Johan Andersson for the sound track (Acoustic cover – originally composed by Martin Galway) download his tunes at

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