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4 simple things you should include in every answer you give

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You’re in a job interview, suddenly faced with an open-ended request, “Tell me about yourself.”

You’re in a meeting and your boss asks, “What’s happening with that project?”

You’re an executive on a call with analysts when a questioner says, “Fill us in on your quarterly results.”

If you want to sound like a leader—at any level—you need to respond to these challenges with clarity, confidence, and high ground thinking. Not “Um’s” Ah’s” or “That’s a good question.” No “Yeah, well…that depends.”

You’ll never score points if you start off with filler and end with confusion. Yet so many answers ramble and take us nowhere.

As I explain in my book Impromptu: Leading in the Moment, handling tough questions is at the heart of leadership communications. To sound like a leader and inspire confidence, build your answer around these four components:

Start every answer with a “grabber” or a hook that shows you’ve heard the question and want to engage the interviewer in a positive way.

The grabber is a bridge from the question. For example,........

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