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What we're hearing from CEOs
When you are at your busiest, make time to communicate. In the end, it will save you time because your people will stay focused on the right work.
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There's no replacement for critical thinking.
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Whether you're writing an all-hands update or a board report, HQ will help you break through the noise. These are just a few of the leaders who use it.
“For three or four months I tried to copy Axios without using HQ. We failed. I needed a system that could teach us the style and help other people on my team learn it, too. I’ve become a big fan since we signed on, and I'm rolling it out in more areas of the organization.”Read their case study
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How do you communicate with C-level or executives leadership?
Executives are busy. They don't need fluffy, time-consuming emails. When communicating with C-level individuals, consider these tips:
Keep it short. Save time by getting to the point quickly.
Be clear. Don't hide what you're asking or looking for.
Put the most important items up front in case they scan your email or don't have time to get to it all.
Don't be afraid to ask clarifying questions as needed.
Follow up as needed.
What is executive communication?
Executive communication is any form of communication — whether it's written, verbal, or virtual — between a top leader and employees. However, due to the various number of employees they must interact with, executives cannot rest on merely repeating the same information verbatim at every level. They need to parse out critical info and reinforce key details — customizing updates for each area of the business.
What are examples of executive communication?
Many think of all-company email updates from CEOs as the prime example of executive communication, but other key examples include all-hands meetings announcements, team chats, 1:1 checkins, coffee meetups, Slack messages, and more. They are any method someone in the C-suite uses to keep employees aligned around company goals and values and moving in the same direction. See real examples.