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The Engaging Courtesy of BLUF

May 31, 2019

BLUF is an acronym for "Bottom Line Up Front,” a triangular approach to communications appreciated by busy people.

Using BLUF when time and attention spans are short makes it more likely your communications are noted and understood.

To speak using a BLUF style: 

  • Pause for a moment to clarify the most important point you want to make,
  • State it succinctly,
  • Follow up with 2-3 critical supporting or explanatory points,
  • And check to see if more is needed before continuing.  As appropriate, you can ask, “What questions do you have?”  Checking body language may also help you read the need to continue or not.

This approach builds executive presence; your communications will sound crisp, clear and confident, and aligned with what your busy listeners...

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