The Benefits Of Stating The Obvious

I was talking with someone yesterday and they said…

It’s okay, you don’t need to explain that I already know what you’re talking about.

What’s interesting is that they didn’t already know what I was talking about.

It’s just another day in the life of business communication.

People like to anticipate what you’re going to say.

Then they begin making assumptions while you’re talking.

AKA—Not listening.

And as a result plans and tasks come out shall we say not as expected?

If I had a nickel for every time someone told me they “got it” and they “didn’t got it”.

I’d be a nickelaire.

And so I’m an avid practitioner of stating the obvious.

Stating the obvious.

It doesn’t matter whether I’m working with a highly educated or less educated person or group of people.

I state the obvious.

It’s what I do.

Here are 3 reasons why stating the obvious works.

Least Common Denominator

Using a least common denominator approach is a great way to get everyone on the same page.

It allows you to gauge someone’s interest and attention on the topic you are discussing.

If their eyes are glazing over or they start breathing heavily.

It’s a good sign that they’re anxious and not listening to understand.

Sequential Communication

Stating the obvious helps you to communicate a thought clearly through a bread crumb approach.

One where you can describe something at the highest level and then move the conversation towards the goal.

It’s a conversational mechanism used to help achieve an end goal.

Bringing People Together

Stating the obvious can also be a constructive way of helping to get your point across, bringing people together, and being a leader.

Assuming everyone knows what you’re talking about,

And starting communication mid-thought,

Are sure fire ways of fragmenting your conversations.

Leaders pull people and teams together—through clear expression and communication.

Some final thoughts…

Stating the obvious should never be done in a condescending way.

It should never be done to make someone feel bad.

Stating the obvious does not mean you should talk endlessly or over explain.

Done correctly, stating the obvious can help bring people together.

It can help to discover gaps in knowledge and understanding.

It can be used to mentor and teach.

Learn to use this conversational mechanism wisely.

And everyone wins.