Want to communicate more effectively? Try using these expressions to prep the listener.

Good communication is all about preparing the listener. Few of us have endless time available to listen to endless chatter about nonsensical subjects or to put up with complex details. This is even more true in the office. To communicate more effectively, try using these phrases to prep people. It gives them some notice about when something is important, complex, or just a little more entertaining.

1. We have a green light…

This is one of my favorite expressions, because it’s a sign of someone who is a good communicator. It creates a positive feeling in the room–there are no more problems to worry about; the upper management at a company has already approved what you are about to say, and listening will be worthwhile. It sets a tone and pushes the topic forward.

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