How Gen. Colin POWELL projects CERTAINTY when he communicates

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In my One-on-One Leadership communication training, work, the most bang-for-time activity, is drilling the:

Message, Flesh-out the message, Repeat the message (MFR) schema.

The schema has many applications; from introducing yourself at a networking function, to delivering a boardroom pitch, to giving a message to a colleague in your office. Using the schema well, will help you communicate your ideas and vision with confidence and certainty.

One excellent demonstration of the schema is included in following 2:42 minute clip, from former general and U.S Secretary of State, Colin Powell.

In addition to using the (MFR) schema, here are additional techniques Powell uses to project certainty.

# A brief nod to acknowledge the questioner.

# Owning and occupying the physical space with definite gestures in front of his body.

# The thumb-to-index finger gesture paired with important points.

# The technique of anaphora. Anaphora is repetition of  phrases in successive clauses.

Such as: “No matter how . . . you are lieutenant . . .  you must never look…”

“No matter how cold it is lieutenant, you must never look cold; No matter how hungry you are lieutenant, you must never look hungry; No matter how terrified you are lieutenant, you must never look terrified”.

# The humourous example of the sergeant’s advice to underscore the key message of trust.

Here is the LINK to the clip.

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In the next seven days in at least one interaction or meeting – channel the confidence and certainty of Powell while using the Message, Flesh-out the message, Repeat the message schema.


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