Turn Down the Fire Hose

Have you ever received so many instructions and ideas that you didn’t know where to start? Or worse, have you ever given out information this way to others?

We all have. When you have a great idea, some important information, a burning question, you want to get it out there as soon as possible. But you wouldn’t turn a fire hose on someone who just needs a drink of water, would you? So how much sense does it make to send or give someone every thought you’ve ever had on a subject all in one email or in one sitting? 

Instead of just turning on the fire hose, think about your idea and whittle it down to a single, essential point, without a lot of bells and whistles and repetition. If you have more than one point, consider breaking them up into separate emails, phone calls, meetings. Give presentation topics piece by piece, too.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your business doesn’t have to be, either.