Eliminating verbal waste

A big challenge is using fewer words in work and everyday life. So why use fewer words? Every day millions of words and thus and equally big amount of money is wasted in order to talk or write our way around making decisions. This happens because using few words is inherently dangerous. Few words equal precise, and thereby potentially revealing.

A golden rule in politics is never to answer a “yes” or “no” question with a yes or a no.

When you weigh your words and use the with great care something magical happens. The content becomes heavy with substance. “Say what your thinking” is an often misguided question. Shouldn’t we rather say “think carefully about what you say”. Thoughts are being wrapped in expensive words and long winding phrases, which often means the original thought is lost to the recipient, and even more importantly also to the speaker or author.

Words are a very abused resource and they are first and foremost wasted so we may avoid deciding. When people speak or write a lot without really saying anything it becomes very hard to concentrate long enough to make a real decision.

I’m not saying I’m very good at saving words, rather the opposite, so the reason I’m raising the subject is probably to remind myself to be verbally frugal. Concentrating and being precise in thought is very strange to most people, since we are trained in the exact opposite. Often in school a paper is required to e a certain amount of pages. What if a more precise or even original answer could be given in less. A thesis could be that academic training and school of thought is a major obstacle for the skill of expressing oneself briefly and clearly. Thus getting things done.

We are stealing each others time with words instead of giving more time. It’s high time to think deeply – not loudly. I’m guilty too. I’ve spent 309 words above to convey the message; “USE FEWER WORDS” – “THINK LONG” – “SPEAK PRECISELY”.

This post is inspired by an add I saw a few days ago. The company is called MENSCH.

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About Dennis Frisch

Hi My name is Dennis Frisch. I've been an officer in the Danish Army through 8 years, incl. three years in the elite Danish Recce Batallion and an operational tour in Helmand Province, Afghanistan with the funcion of Recce Platoon Commander. I have completed the danish Commando Course, and later joined the cadre staff on this course as a specialist instructor. I am airborne qualified by the Danish SOF-unit, Jægerkorpset. I am an russian kettlebell enthusiast and instructor, and have been trained by and trained with master instructors such as Pavel Tsatsouline, Kenneth Jay, Tommy Eli, Steve Maxwell, Steve Cotter, Jon Engum, Brett Jones, Mark Reifkind, Andrea Du Cane, Dr. Mark Cheng, Jeff O'Connor and Sarah Cheatham I have a training backgound covering military disciplines such as military and naval pentathlon, orientering, strongman events (evolutionrace.dk), endurance events and swimming. My martial arts history started with full kontact karate and have through the years touched several arts including kick/thayboxing, traditional jujutsu, four range fighting system, judo, boxing, tai chi, filipino stickfighting and krav maga.
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