Why do we communicate with other people? What’s the reason for having conversations, writing email, blogs, or even letters? I think the whole idea of communication to share our thoughts, ideas, and experiences with others. Ultimately, we all desire to have the people we communicate with understand our point enough to decide to agree with it, disagree, or add to it, thus moving the conversation forward.
One of the best ways I’ve found for being understood by others is to communicate in the most simple, straightforward manner possible. Now I’m not saying communication needs to be low tech. However, the words, language, and structure of our communication should be as simple as possible to avoid becoming too complex or confusing.
When communicating with others, regardless of the medium, keep the following questions in mind:
- Are the words I’m using easily understood by the listener or audience?
- Am I using words or jargon that is confusing or meaningless to my listener?
- Is there a more simple way to state what I’m saying?
I’m not suggesting that we all dumb down our speech to a 1st grade level (unless, of course, we’re talking to 1st graders). What I am suggesting is that we be mindful of our audiences and communicate with them in ways that will foster greater understanding of the message and ideas we are attempting to share.
Pay attention to your communication this week and look for opportunities to simplify your message in order to bring greater clarity and understanding to your audience. You’ll notice an increased ability to cause something to happen when your ideas are clearly and simply communicated.