What have you accomplished in 2016?

What have you accomplished in 2016?

What have you accomplished in 2016?

As I begin my year-end review– (I know it’s early; but it doesn’t hurt to begin thinking about it…)  I make a list of what I’ve learned and what was really good about this year. Then after I’ve done that, I’ll begin to create space for my growth–i.e. what I need to work on to move forward.  

In this process, I found this email I wrote last year and I thought it was something I wanted to share with you, again this year because it is SO RELEVANT.

So here it goes:


I want to share one thing that really “landed” for me this year–more than ever before: The impact of BREVITY.

“You mean talking less?”  Yes, TALKING LESS!

If you pay attention to speakers– either when presenting to a group or talking with another person–once the they get the “microphone” or their turn to speak, they are very reluctant to be concise and to the point. There’s almost a need to be heard or “occupy” the space within their own voice.  And that is the complete opposite of effective communication!

Interviewing and coaching speakers for TEDxNewBedford made me realize this– more than ever– how people will ADD words when there is a lack of CLARITY in their message.

Yes, it sounds absolutely ridiculous– but that is what I experienced.

I knew this in my head, but it was out there as we interviewed over fifty people this year. We began ALL interviews with one simple question: “What is the idea YOU want to share with the audience?” Every single time we asked that question there was silence on the other side.

“One idea?” they would ask.

“Yes.” we would answer.

“Well, let me tell you my story first,” they would volunteer.

Here’s the thing– Our thoughts and ideas are wrapped in stories, and that is a good thing, as long as we can use these stories to serve the idea or thought we want to share–not the other way around!

This sounds so obvious and simplistic.

Try it for yourself.

Here’s the test:

Can you summarize what you want to share in your next conversation, group meeting or presentation in one or two short sentences? If you can’t, then you are not CLEAR on what you you want to say. This is the way I now begin every message–whether I’m writing a script for a speaking engagement, an email or blog post.

Getting really CLEAR on what you want to communicate is imperative to driving the message home!

Why is this important?

    • Because if you are standing in front of an audience, you want to connect with them and have them walk away with something of value

    • Because, unfortunately, as human beings, we are so bombarded with content everywhere that we have lost the capacity of figuring out what the speaker is really trying to say. (It is sad–as this is something we need to keep alive in ourselves through creative writing, poetry etc.) But it is the truth about most audiences right now.

    • Because, at all costs, you want to avoid the glassy-eyed expression you get from either your teenagers, students or the millennials on your team.

    • Because your boss only gives you two minutes to make your point.

    • Because when you are clear in what you are saying, you can infuse your emotion around it. Your passion and stories build resonance!

  • Because if YOU are not CLEAR you can not PLAN, IMPLEMENT or ACHIEVE!!!! This part I added this year 😉


 So this year I’m offering an opportunity to spend a WHOLE day with me, getting CLEAR on your message, your strategy and planning a roadmap for business growth in 2017.

Are you ready to have a PLAN? To start your 2017 knowing where you are going to spend  your energy, your focus? Ready to realize YOUR business growth?

Then join me on Friday December 16th for an ALL DAY workshop, 9-5PM at Groundwork in New Bedford, MA.


WHERE: GROUNDWORK! – 1213 Purchase Street New Bedford | MA | 02740 


    • Reviewing your accomplishments in the last 12 months

    • Clarifying your goals and objectives for the new year

    • Creating a road map for realizing your goals in the next 12 months

    • Networking

    • Brainstorming

    • Masterminding

  • Finding CLARITY

Lunch will be provided.

XMAS Party at my home following our meeting!

2016 CLIENTS PLEASE USE CODE 5FOT6EX3FLT to receive a $250.00 discount (Pay only for food/etc)


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Have a great weekend.

Dolores Hirschmann is an internationally recognized strategist, Clarity coach, TEDxOrganizer, Speaker & Author. She has over 20 years experience helping entrepreneurs, companies & organizations realize their potential—by guiding them to CLARITY—to define their CORE IDEA, message and market strategy needed to reach their next level of growth. As a Speaker Coach Dolores guides speakers to go from successful professionals to thought leaders in their field. If you would like to learn more visit: www.mastersinclarity.com or download her free resource “STAND OUT THE TED WAY”
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