M’mmm. Either you have a tough crowd and you have decided on taking short cuts to get the job done or you have a wonderful opportunity to take a different approach and turn your stakeholders into believers. Have a really good think about how well you understand them. If you understand them, perhaps you don’t like what you see. Try to put yourself in their position and feel the pressure they might be under. That might change your views a little and give you the energy to try a different approach. Even if they are a tough crowd, understanding why and thinking like them creates opportunity to influence them. Have a think about how you can change the way you communicate. You might need to try some different techniques. Pictures paint a thousand words and stories help people to connect. Maybe give one or both a go.