Too often, when we try to make our point in email or other mediums, we have trouble keeping it short. Remember the acronym BRIEF to get your message across quickly.
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Over at Fast Company, the writers suggest using the BRIEF acronym to keep emails and presentations concise:
B (Background): Provide a quick context -- what prompted the update?
R (Reason): Explain why you're speaking now -- why should they pay attention?
I (Information): Provide two to three key nuggets of information you want to share. What are the bullet points of the conversation?
E (End): Decide on what note you want to leave the conversation. In this case, you may want to end by telling the CEO what you will do to get the project back on track.
F (Follow-up): Consider the questions you anticipate the CEO will ask you when you finish speaking and prepare answers in advance.
Check out other ways of saying more with less by following the link.
Less is More: Why You're Saying Too Much and Getting Ignored [Fast Company]