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.