Tip #1: Avoid speaking HR-ese.
You dont have to dumb down your language, but at least connect with employees and C-suite execs using more plain-speak. For instance, dont say value-added, Segal advises. We have our own language, but when were in the boardroom, we need to tone it down a bit. Segal also says to avoid using proactive, synergy and outside-the-box. Rather, just put the box away. We do much better at the table when we use plain speak.