Take The Test, Learn The Lingo, Learn About Yourself

You can talk until you are blue in the face, but if people have to struggle to understand half the words you are saying or the expressions you keep using, you shouldn’t be surprised that they are not getting your point.

This is a big issue to me.  A mantra of mine (among a few others) is: “Speak clearly and use terms that people can understand. Avoid special lingo and acronyms.”  It is
especially true if you work in a global organization or at a place where the people (or students) may speak more than one language (like schools).  

I often tell people that they need to communicate as if they were speaking on the evening news.  You want people to hear your message, so it is wise to use words that people understand readily.   If you think using code words, acronyms, or technical terms makes you look more credible, you are mistaken.

As for “text-ese,” I understand that it developed so you could write a quick message without the need to type every entire word into your palm-sized gadget.  The concern I have is that texting has become the only way many adults and children communicate in writing. I wonder, how many children will never fully develop their verbal and written skills and how many adults will lose theirs?

A good friend send me a clever questionnaire from “The Atlantic”  Magazine.  It is pretty clever and it can give you some insight about your use of language and the type of person that you are!

Quiz: What Kind of Office Speak Dominates Your Brain? – Atlantic Mobile

Its a fun midweek this to do!

Son of a Postman



One Comment

  1. I’m amazed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s both equally
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    you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something that too
    few men and women are speaking intelligently about.
    I’m very hppy I stumbled across this in my hunt for something relating to this.

    July 18, 2014

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