Jay Sullivan

Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond

Simply Said is the essential handbook for business communication. Do you ever feel as though your message hasn't gotten across? Do details get lost along the way? Have tense situations ever escalated unnecessarily? Do people buy into your ideas? It all comes down to communication. We all communicate, but few of us do it well. From tough presentations to everyday transactions, there is no scenario that cannot be improved with better communication skills.

Buy Now
Simply Said

This book presents an all encompassing guide to improving your communication, based on the Exec|Comm philosophy: we are all better communicators when we focus focus less on ourselves and more on other people. More than just a list of tips, this book connects skills with scenarios and purpose to help you hear and be heard. You'll learn the skills to deliver great presentations and clear and persuasive messages, handle difficult conversations, effectively manage, lead with authenticity and more, as you discover the secrets of true communication.

Communication affects every interaction every day. Why not learn to do it well? This book provides comprehensive guidance toward getting your message across, and getting the results you want.
  • Shift your focus from yourself to other people
  • Build a reputation as a good listener
  • Develop your written and oral communications for the greatest impact
  • Inspire and influence others
  • Communicate more effectively in any business or social situation
Did that email come across as harsh? Did you offend someone unintentionally? Great communication skills give you the power to influence someone's thinking and guide them to where you need them to be. Simply Said teaches you the critical skills that make you more effective in business and in life.

Praise for Simply Said

"Being an effective communicator is no longer a 'nice' skill for some to have, it is absolutely a required skill for everyone to possess. The ability to truly connect with others is the key to building relationships and improving performance. Simply Said is a must read for anyone who aspires to lead and influence others."

Michael A. Schweitzer, Senior Global Banking Executive

"I wish that everyone would read and absorb the clear and straightforward method of Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond. Hours upon hours of time would be saved, we would all be spared speeches and talks that do not get to the point, and we would understand each other so much better! I highly recommend Jay Sullivan's superb techniques."

Matthew Diller, Dean, Paul Fuller Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

"From small talk to presentations to leadership, communications are key. Simply Said provides practical advice (or reminders) to ensure your success. Practicing what they preach, it is written in straightforward, simple language that's about you and your success."

Susan Lovegren, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Juniper Networks

"Simply Said is a must read! It illustrates how effective communication positively impacts relationships, families and communities. Today's exemplary leaders can learn what works and what doesn't when they communicate."

Lily Woo, Program Director, Columbia Teachers College

"Jay has helped me to improve my communication by focusing on the audience and simplifying my message. Communicating one's message is the completion of the process and, with my improved communication skills, I find that I am a better strategic thinker and leader. Simply Said is a great resource tool for business and life."

Kevin J. O'Donnell, Chief Executive Officer, President, RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.

"The importance of communications cannot be over-stated. In the development of a strategic assessment of our college, we identified communications as the key area for our attention. Repeatedly, in my work in education and in my roles in other organizations, communication rises to the top as an area requiring improvement. Simply Said is a straightforward and very helpful primer for enhancing communication. The author stresses the importance of being intentional and succinct with the message. What will our listeners hear? What do we want them to remember? The deep experiences of the author resulted in a clear and nuanced presentation of recommendations for enhancing communication. A must read!"

Scott Evenbeck, President, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, CUNY

"In my more than 25 years in the business world and as a college professor, communication skills have consistently been the most important enabler for success and the skill that I still practice to this day. This book is the perfect communications 'how to excel' guide for students and provides well-founded approaches and practical applications. This book will be my communications resource guide and I would recommend that all future leaders take the time to learn these skills and invest in their future."

Ken Daly, President, National Grid New York

"Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond delivers a simple message and a powerful method. Reading this accessible book would permit anyone to vanquish the challenge of connecting with audiences large or small. This is essential reading for students, executives, and, generally, for anyone who wants to be understood by others."

David Gautschi, Joseph Keating, S.J. Professor and Dean emeritus, Fordham University