4 Ways to Keep Communication Short, Sweet and Effective

Handwriting in Old Diary

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Keeping it short and sweet can be golden when it comes to business meetings, family vacations, and effective communication. Whether you’re communicating with clients, coworkers, or family and friends, brevity is key. These four tips inspired by Entrepreneur.com can help.


Get your head on straight

Stream-of-conscious writing may work for beat poetry, but not for effective communication. Clarify your thoughts in order to create an equally clear message. Unstructured writing exercises may help create a draft, but that’s as far as it goes.

Cut to the chase

Decide what you want to say, then do so quickly and simply. The recipient should know within the first sentence or two what your message is about. Are you promoting a new product or service for your small business? Sending one a handwritten card to thank a pal for a new sweater? Make your main point up front, then supplement with additional thoughts and details.

Go for visual impact

Visuals have immense power for keeping things brief while creating major impact. For instance, your sweater-giver immediately understands your message if you send a photo of you wearing the new sweater with the words, “I love it!”

The same goes for your professional contacts. While you may not send them a photo of you in your new sweater, you can send colorful, eye-catching greeting cards to instantly get your message across. Greeting cards automatically force you to keep the message brief since they don’t give you a lot of room to write.

Be honest

Lofty language and jargon can backfire if people neither understand nor believe what you’re saying. The language and images should also match your sentiment. Don’t tell your pal you love the sweater if the photo shows you scowling while wearing it.

These simple tips can help transform any missive into a message that concisely communicates what you want to say. Give it go and see what happens!

What are your best tips for effective communication?