Less is more

Editing is not one of my strong points.

In fact, as a keynote speaker, I have to work hard on choosing the right words and speaking more slowly.

Today, I spent some time with a rally-driver friend who wanted to evaluate how he could improve his driving and in-car communication.

The conversation led to a talk about co-driver notes. 

What was interesting was that he was using more words, but getting less information in his notes.

What I had found in my experience was even keeping words as much as possible to one syllable left enough space for me to modify my notes and get more information from the same amount of speaking.

Besides which life became just a little easier for the co-driver who could say “ice” instead of “slippy” or “brake” instead of “caution."

I started to think about my army experience too where the word brevity is drilled into you early in your military career.

The army, just like a rally driver, needs a lot of information in as short a timeframe as possible with as few words as possible.

As a result, whenever the Kelowna regiment is on exercise with other army disciplines, they are always complimented on their communication skills.

If we are to be better communicators (if there is an assumed benefit to that) then perhaps we need to focus on using fewer words with more impact. 

I understand it is not easy. In fact, I can give a talk and people may say that it was very inspirational. I can speak for an hour and jam in a lot of words in a minute.

Then, my wife can walk up to the podium, say two sentences and people around her start crying and thanking her for impacting their lives so much. 

I guess that is enough from me then.

Have a great weekend.


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Mark has been an entrepreneur for over forty years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and aspects of business. He was one of the youngest people to be appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Sales and Marketing Management before he left the UK in 1988.

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