Do you remember to cue your listener for more efficient and productive meetings?

Did you know that how you preface the discussion informs how the listener reacts? Compare how you respond to “FYI, just in case it comes up…” to “Hey, can you help me with something?”

It’s called cuing the listener and using it makes your verbal and email communications more effective and efficient because both parties are approaching the discussion with the same frame of mind.

When approached with an FYI, you immediately take a passive listening stance compared to actively engaging in problem solving with the latter example. By cuing the listener upfront, you focus them on what you need from the discussion.

Cue your listener by prefacing the discussion with FYI, multiple choices or a request for help. That way you can get a quick response and move onto other things, saving you both time.

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