Be Brief

We often say more than we need to. The more you talk, the fewer people pay attention to what you have to say. Keep your communication short and clear no matter what the context might be. The more spare you are with your words, the more important what you do say will become.

It’s challenging to make a point concisely, so a great place to practice is email. Instead of leading off with chitchat, jump right into the reason you’re writing. Reread your emails before you send them and delete every single redundant word or sentence.

Once you master brevity in email, try applying it to conversations and meetings. You may begin noticing that you’re thinking more clearly as well. It takes practice, but it’s a great way to sharpen your sense of what matters most and differentiate yourself from the pack.

Put yourself in a person’s shoes and how to keep it really simple for them as a starting point. There are different layers in business. People in business are very busy and care about the numbers. Focus on why would they care and start there.

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

Summing-up: One of the most important skills for anyone, but particularly someone in the technology field, is the art of delivering information with brevity.

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