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10 Tips for Communicating with Senior Managers

By Janet Lentz posted 24 days ago


For Quality professionals, communicating with senior managers effectively requires a strategic approach. Oftentimes we are perceived as a “necessary evil” required by customers, so we are often dismissed as lacking value.

Here are 10 key tips for optimizing your chances of getting your message through.

1. Be Clear and Concise - Senior managers are pressed for time. Get to the point quickly. Focus only on key points. Avoid unnecessary details.

2. Know Your Audience - Understand their priorities and concerns. Tailor your message to align with their goals and interests.

3. Prepare Thoroughly - Know your stuff. Anticipate questions. Have data to support your points. 

4. Use Data - Support your points with data, statistics, and examples. Senior managers prefer evidence-based decision-making. Use dollars and time saved whenever possible.

5. Have Solutions - Instead of just presenting problems, propose solutions. Show that you’ve thought the issue through and have ways to address it.

6. Be Confident and Professional - Speak confidently and maintain a professional demeanor. This builds credibility and trust.

7. Listen Well - Pay attention to their feedback and questions. Show that you value their input and are willing to adjust your approach based on their insights.

8. Follow Up - Summarize key points and agreed actions after the meeting. Send a follow-up email to ensure clarity and keep the momentum going.

9. Use Visual Aids -  Use visual aids like slides or charts to illustrate your points. Keep it simple! Make complex information easier to understand.

10. Respect their Schedule - Choose the right time to communicate your message. Timing can significantly impact how well your message is received.