3 Reasons Keeping It Short Enhances Your Communication

You’ve heard this before.

Keep it short and get to the point.

We get tempted to add just a bit more context or just a few more details and we end up going in so many directions that we’ve forgotten our point.

It confuses our listeners. It confuses us. And in the end, it achieves nothing.

Young leader, if you want to communicate effectively, you gotta keep it short and get to the point.

Here are 3 reasons why.

1. It keeps your listeners engaged

Your listeners don’t have as long of an attention span as they used to. So you have to keep your point short enough to keep them engaged.

Note: There will be instances when you’ll have to say more or speak longer. In which case, you’ll have to use other tools to keep your audience engaged. But when making a point, keeping it short is the general rule.

If it’s not clear to your audience what your point is, they’ll get bored. They’ll tune you out. Your point will not be heard.

So keep it short to keep your listeners engaged.

2. It’s more understandable

Another easy way to lose your audience’s attention is to confuse them.

And when you add too many details and too much context, your audience loses track of what you’re trying to say.

By keeping it short, you’re forced to keep only the most important parts — the parts your listeners will care about, the parts that will add value to them.

If your listeners won’t care about it and if it won’t add value to them, ditch it.

keep it short to make your point understandable.

3. It’s easier to remember

What do you notice about “tweetable” quotes? They’re short! Think of all the quotes you remember. Chances are, they’re one sentence long.

That’s because they’re easier to remember! And when your point is easy to remember, your listener is more likely to retain it.

The more details and context you add, the more information your listener will have to retain, making it more likely that they’ll forget the point you’re trying to make.

Keep it short so your point easier to remember.

Here’s the gist…

When you add too many details and too much context, you confuse your listeners and achieve nothing.

Young leader, if you want to communicate effectively, you gotta keep it short and get to the point.

Here are 3 reasons why:

  1. It keeps your listeners engaged
  2. It’s more understandable
  3. It’s easier remember

Bonus tip: When you keep your points short, you’ll notice 2 to 3 seconds of awkward silence. It will seem like forever. Resist the urge to fill it!

Recall these 3 reasons. Keep it short. And you will see how it enhances your communication.

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