Words are probably the most important building blocks of communications. They capture elementary concepts, things, names, actions, and characteristics. Some dogs can understand a vocabulary that includes a couple hundred words. Humans are far more capable intellectually. Depending on age, education, and environment, we have vocabularies that range from many hundreds to many thousands of words. What separates humans from other life forms – and it is a huge quantum leap – is that we can take these thousands of words and compose them into sentences to make observations and value judgments, express opinions, state facts, ask questions, and communicate other information to other people. A collection of sentences can then be composed to tell a story, discuss a quandary, describe an experience, or develop a more complete description of some topic.
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Words count. The difference between good writing and good speaking is mostly in word selection and sentence structure. English has evolved over hundreds of years so that we can communicate more clearly and use a single meaningful word to describe the same thing that previously required several words. Yet most people recognize only a small percentage of the words in the English language. Most of the words are obscure and rarely needed. However, the larger your vocabulary, the more concise you can be. A poor choice of words may obscure a great thought. Good ideas are not worth much if they are not communicated effectively. Communicating an idea by writing it down is a great way to organize thoughts, analyze alternatives, and reason through its strengths and weaknesses.
Words count. They define your writing style and your speaking style, and they are crucial to communicating clearly. Making a list of your favorite words and the words you loath the most is an enjoyable and enlightening exercise. Providing some brief rationale on why they make your lists will cause you to reflect on word selection.
Words count. They define your writing style and your speaking style, and they are crucial to communicating clearly. Making lists of your favorite words and the words you loath the most is an enjoyable and enlightening exercise. Providing some brief rationale on why they make your lists will cause you to reflect on word selection.
In preparing a presentation, start with the end in mind: Think about what you really want the audience to remember. In time, it will be hard for people to recall your message out of a flood of sentences and words. Pictures, graphics, and other high-value briefing elements are more memorable. Design some mnemonic, graphic, logo, or illustration that captures the essence of your message and build your briefing around it.