A recent article in the New York Times called “Teaching to the Text Message” demonstrates the importance of writing concisely and packing a lot of information into a small space. This challenges conventional English-teaching wisdom like the research paper, but it’s a very valuable skill to get to your point quickly and with few words, as in a text message. The long form has its place, but in these times, brief and precise communication is preferable.
Usually, the most direct way of saying something is the most accurate and telling. At Full Life, we begin the initial coaching sessions by having our clients cut to the main point: “In one sentence or less, what brings you here today?”
What are some advantages to writing shorter and more concisely?
- It’s more likely that someone will read your communication, ensuring that your main points will be comprehended and addressed.
- You will appear more competent at expressing your thoughts if you get to the point quickly, as opposed to taking a while to get there.
- Your points will be more clear and noticeable. Excess words bog down your writing and cause the main point to get lost in the text.
- Your writing will be easier to follow and understand. If you go into too much detail, your readers will get lost in the nuanced particulars and may lose interest.
In the age of texting, Facebook, and Twitter, it’s becoming more and more accepted to write directly to the point. Making an effort to be concise in your writing and speaking can help your career, both in how people perceive you as well as how you engage others.
What are your thoughts?