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What’s On My Mind: Audience-Based Communication

In every communication, we have two basic modes, two basic models: audience-centered and self-centered. I had the opportunity to watch a number of talks this week at the Spark.me conference and this really, really stood out a couple of times.

If you want to get a sense of how audience-centric any communication is, do a quick count of how many references are to the sender and how many references are to the audience.

For example, there was one talk where the speaker talked about themselves almost exclusively for the first five minutes. Tons of “I” and “me” and “my”. Very little for the audience, few references to “you”, “yours”, or even “we” or “us”. “I did this thing” and “this was my project”, etc. were the dominant points made.

A certain amount of self-centered communication is necessary, but not a ton. You need enough to establish basic identity, but then the rest of your content should prove the value of your communication, not you telling people about yourself. And this applies to both individuals and brands.

A long time ago, I had a sales manager (hi Tony!) who quipped quite correctly that the buyer’s mind is permanently tuned to one radio station, WII-FM – What’s In It For Me? When you’re talking about the audience, when you’re focused on the audience, you’re providing them value. When you’re talking about yourself? Not so much.

In general – there are exceptions – the more you talk about yourself, the less value you provide to your audience.

So here’s a quick test, something you can do easily with any and all communication you send. Using whatever counting or highlighting mechanism that suits you best – highlighter, sticky note, word count – count up self-centered references and audience-centered references in a recent communication. It could be an email you sent, a piece of marketing collateral, a talk you give, a podcast you produce – anything where you’re supposed to be providing value to someone else.

At a bare minimum, your communication should be 50/50 in balance. You should at a bare minimum be talking about your customer as much as you talk about yourself. Ideally? Crank that ratio of audience:self as high as it will go. This section of the newsletter is 31:3, so more than 10:1.

This is audience-based communication – ABC. Use this simple counting tip to make your communications even more powerful and impactful by staying laser-focused on your audience.

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ICYMI: In Case You Missed it

Besides the new Google Analytics course I’m relentlessly promoting (sorry not sorry), I would recommend the piece on LGBTQ+ hate crime data. Pride Month isn’t just about celebrating; Pride Month is also about calling attention to the work that we all still need to do to eliminate hate and foster acceptance.

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Christopher S. Penn

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