Business communication is tricky with executives: The Art of Subtle Persuasion

In the corporate jungle, understanding and navigating executive egos is an essential skill. Executives have big personalities and significant influence, so you need to approach them with respect and strategic thinking. Let’s dive into some strategies that will ensure your ideas are not just heard but valued.

Understand Their Perspective

Executives have a broad view of the organization and focus on long-term goals. To communicate effectively, align your messages with their priorities. Show them how your ideas fit into the bigger picture. Trust me, this goes a long way!

Be Prepared and Concise

Executives are always racing against the clock. They appreciate communication that’s clear and to the point. Present your ideas in a well-organized manner, backed by solid data. This shows you’re not just throwing ideas around – you’re serious and prepared.

Build Relationships

Take the time to understand their personalities, communication styles, and preferences. Show genuine interest in their insights. Over time, this rapport can make your ideas more readily accepted. Remember, it’s all about trust!

Emotional Intelligence is Key

Recognize the importance of managing your emotions and understanding theirs. Stay calm and composed, even when faced with resistance. This is where emotional intelligence really shines. Empathy and emotional control can turn a tough conversation into a productive one.

Use Evidence-Based Arguments

Executives love data-driven decisions. Support your ideas with solid evidence and logical reasoning. Use metrics, case studies, and real-world examples. This not only strengthens your argument but shows you’re thinking strategically.

Focus on Solutions

Instead of just pointing out problems, come with solutions. Executives appreciate proactive approaches and constructive feedback. By presenting actionable solutions, you show you’re a problem-solver and a valuable asset.

Respect Their Experience

Acknowledging and respecting their journey can pave the way for open and collaborative communication. Show appreciation for their insights and be open to learning from them.

The Power of Subtle Persuasion

Influence without aggression. Use persuasive language that is respectful and non-confrontational. Ask questions that lead them to consider your perspective. Frame your ideas in a way that aligns with their goals and values.


Navigating executive egos and subtly persuading them is a career-boosting skill. By understanding their perspective, being prepared, building relationships, leveraging emotional intelligence, using evidence-based arguments, focusing on solutions, and respecting their experience, you can communicate more effectively with executives. Master this art, and you’ll foster a more collaborative and productive working environment.

Ready to put these tips into action? Try them out in your next executive meeting and share your experience with us in the comments!
Your journey to mastering executive communication starts now.

About the Author:

From an IHOP waitress to a Chief People Officer by 40, Shayla learned how you can get promoted without being a workaholic. You can make more, work less, and design a life you love.
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