Have you ever been frustrated by not being able to get your message across? Or maybe it’s not your message that’s the problem but perhaps the way it’s delivered causes people to get the goat. A very good friend of mine and a great coach in her own right, Emma Parker, shared with me a terrific acronym (TADAR) that she uses to help improve, not only her own communication, but that of her team. As well as using it as a guide herself, if one of her team comes to her with a message that they haven’t been successful in communicating to others she walks them through these simple steps with a view to improving their delivery next time. Give it a go…it’s simple and effective!
T = Tone.
What kind of tone did you use when delivering your message and was it appropriate for this situation (and the person receiving the message)?
A = Audience.
Who is your audience and how do they like to be communicated with? Do they like short sharp messages or might they prefer a little small talk up front?
D = Delivery.
Did you deliver your message in clear language that was easily understood and was that message received as intended?
A = Approach.
What approach did you use when engaging your audience? Were you respectful of them and their time?
R = Reflection.
This is something we all need to do a little more of… What could you do differently the next time to get even better results?
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