As with most things, less is more.
This is especially true with communication, but not less quantity of communication (redundancy is good).
Less words is more effective.
Think of this.
Your communication includes numerous aspects beyond words:
- Eye contact
- Body language
- The delivery
- Listening (not just to the positive parts)
- Tone of voice
- What the other person is feeling
- What actions your words are going to have?
- Emotions involved in the conversation
A skilled communicator understands these variables and uses them just as well as the words chosen.
Consider a scenario of giving feedback to an adult.
Your words are only one of the many carriers of your feedback. You have a message to deliver, but any amount of confusion can result in the feedback being completely ineffective. Regardless of how you feel about your delivery, it’s the receiver of the feedback who determines whether your feedback is effective.
Regardless of how you feel about your delivery, it’s the receiver of the feedback who determines whether your feedback is effective.
You package your feedback in words, but the 10 aspects in the list above also carry your message. Plus, the person receiving the feedback is simultaneously decoding your message – decoding your words, your tone, your body language, etc.
That’s why less is more.
Less words. More clarity.
Clarity is always the primary objective when communicating.
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