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KISS Your Communication Style Goodbye

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci

Content is king in the business world. The more, the better.

Long winded e-mails and drawn out presentations are among the biggest offenders. They steal our precious time and also subconsciously teach us to get to the point slower when it’s our turn to write or present.

In a business world that loves its content, I think there is something to be said about brevity, aka keeping it simple.

As a seasoned professional and speaker, my dad taught me about a handy acronym he uses when writing or presenting: KISS. It stands for ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid.’ This simple saying really works when I develop e-mails or think about how to present something.  Another mantra I like to tell myself is, ‘Get to the Point!’

Not only will keeping it simple help make you more efficient, but it will also make you look and sound like a leader. In a recent Inc.com article, author Sims Wyeth states that if you keep your communications short and simple, you’ll gain people’s attention, consideration and respect. He also shares 10 great tips on how to keep your communications short, but also interesting.

Since this post is about brevity, I’ll keep it short, but I will leave you with this: Don’t get caught up in content. When developing any type of communication, remind yourself to KISS and ‘Get to the Point!’

Got it? Now go out and get your message heard sooner.

Do you keep it simple?

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