Decision Making Messaging

Information overload affects all of us, but there are ways to not let it affect your workplace performance. This video focuses on communication for decision making. Specifically, how to communicate important information to supervisors and decision-makers is discussed. When somebody is short on time the last thing you want to do is to overload them with information. You can learn one way to avoid this costly error by watching this video.


· What is information overload and how does it affect decision making?

· Why is summarizing information important?

· How can I write a detailed report for decision makers?

· What is an executive summary?

· How can I communicate more effectively to my supervisors?


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A widespread disease is sweeping through society and workplaces all over the world and it’s called information overload. Information overload affects us all.

If you’re in the workplace and you’re communicating, especially if you’re communicating to a superior, the last thing you want to do is overwhelm them with information. You need to summarize the data that you have to get the most important information across. In other words, give them the information that will help them make a decision.

Here’s an example. Let’s say you’re looking at examining the way a project is managed and you have a lot of different solutions to this potential problem. You should always make an executive report or a summary sheet that summarizes the basic bullets of information that the executive will need to know in making a decision. Then, in the rest of the report, that’s where you put in the relevant background information.

People who are short on time want to get straight to the point, so give the relevant information that they need to make a decision and then see how the results fall.


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