What Did You Say?

February 10, 2012

Good morning!  Still no snow up here in SW Michigan and in fact we have even had a few sunny days which is a great blessing.

Blah-Blah-Blah!  How many presentations have you heard, meetings you have attended, or memos (emails) you have read where at the end you go “What?”.  In this highly verbal world we live in it seems we believe the more words we use and the “fancier” the words the better.  However, we often leave our listeners (readers) saying “What?”

We seem to forget that the goal was communication which demands clarity – instead we often cause confusion.  So what do we do?

Drive towards clarity!  Learn to speak, write, draw, and so on in ways that engage your audience, not what makes you feel good or smart.

Dan Roam has several books out that are a great help – his latest one is Blah Blah Blah in which he introduces his Blah Blahometer – a great way to evaluate the clarity of your message.  I would recommend checking out his site as well as his book.

Remember – the goal is to communicate with great clarity and it is not to try to impress them with your vocabulary or extensive knowledge of corporate-speak / ministry-speak.

Hope you have a great weekend!
BG

Trackbacks and Pingbacks:

  1. Buzz Word Bingo | BG Allen - February 20, 2012

    […] few days ago, I posted about the “Blah Blahometer” where we were talking about speaking with clarity.  In ministry, we have our own […]

    Like