how to report to the ceo like a genius

How to Report to the CEO Like a Genius

You made it! You’ve had a successful career, and now you report to the CEO! There have been ups & downs and plenty of challenges, but you’ve worked hard, and here you are. Reporting to the CEO.

But somehow, the CEO doesn’t understand everything you tell him. And he wants you to talk faster and get to the point, making it even more challenging. That you’re a genius is already established. You speak to your team, report to other C-level folks with satisfactory results. Why is it so hard to report to the CEO?

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Why it’s hard to report to the CEO

One reason is, the CEO is not living and breathing your wheelhouse. She doesn’t know IT, marketing, or finance as you do. Not even close. That’s the beauty of each department; they work in conjunction. If only they could communicate! Now we can.

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Determining the specific information necessary to provide the CEO takes a bit of work. The act of thinking your thoughts isn’t the same as the act of conveying them. The process is different. With practice, it’ll become second nature.


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How to report to the CEO

  1. Prepare your message. Practice it aloud with a recorder. The conclusions you draw in your mind don’t translate directly to speech.
  2. Bottom-line your message. Don’t give the technical details relevant to your role. (If the CEO understood IT, he wouldn’t need to hire a CTO.)
  3. Use short sentences with pauses. Dastardly run-on sentences confuse the listener.
  4. Be relaxed. Nervousness causes mistakes, makes you use too many words, and talk too fast.
  5. Use an authoritative voice. One that isn’t whingy or goes up at the end.
  6. Eliminate passive terminology like “I believe..” and “well, just, etc.”

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So congrats on your C-Level role! You deserve it. Just know that there was no real communication skills training in your firm. You’ve learned your craft to a fare-thee-well but now on to communicating your important messages!

You don’t have to go it alone. Let me know if you need help. I’m here for you.

Prepare your message and be relaxed.

It continues to shock me when people think that just thinking a thought gives them all they need to convey it aloud in high-stakes situations. It’s especially shocking when they’ve encountered so many examples throughout their lives of not being able to do it. I mean, how many times have ordinary, intelligent people drawn a blank during a presentation or Q & A? Or they starting speaking too fast at the wrong moment?

Many people are frequently interrupted when they speak and still don’t believe that preparation is necessary. Not only that, but they think it’s everyone else’s fault but theirs!

Here’s how to prepare & convey your message for success in just 15 minutes per day.

You don’t have to go it alone. Let me know if you need help. I’m here for you.

Eliminate passive and non-essential wording

Remove “As I said before…” or “Again…” out of your speech altogether. It’s condescending and provides zero information. 

Record yourself speaking off-the-cuff and listen for non-essential words. Then rewrite your core message, just the facts, Jack.

Remember, I can do this for you & with you. Curating messages and tailoring them to be spectacular isn’t in many peoples’ wheelhouse. Don’t do it alone! It’s as if I was going to try to do my own IT department! Hahahaha! What a laugh that would be!

6 thoughts on “How to Report to the CEO Like a Genius”

  1. The act of thinking your thoughts isn’t the same as saying then. Brilliant! I’ve never heard this before but it makes perfect sense.
    I appreciate you, Ita.

  2. Brittney Pagan

    It is so important to have a confident and authoritative voice. Stop making your opinion sound like a question! Great advice!

  3. Guilty! I’m one of those people that often think I can convey a message perfectly just because I thought it and as I’m sure you’d expect, I’m hardly ever happy with how I deliver the messages. You’ve shown that there is so much more to it! Thank you Ita

    1. Don’t feel bad! It’s something about our society that doesn’t encourage people to improve their communication skills. It’s as if they want people to be ineffective!

      Thanks for the note! Keep up the good work & let me know if you need help 🙂

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