“More than likely, if you cant explain something in a few words, you don’t understand it yourself.”
Lets get straight to the point. Adults are just like children. They’ll understand what you’re trying to communicate, more effectively, if you can break it down in a few words.
The use of more words to explain a single concept shows that neither you or I know what we’re talking about it, or at least we don’t completely grasp it.
Nothing drives a point home in a huge impactful way than using as few words as possible. It makes what we’re explaining more memorable and understandable.
I remember listening to lectures in my junior college days, and I absolutely hated it. All the notes that I took from those lectures were about 10 minutes of pertinent information, absorbed from a 2 to 3 hour lecture. To me, the rest of it was irrelevant.
I’m definitely guilty of this like many of us that want to make sure we are understood. People enjoy a good story, but we lose them the moment we come up with several examples and a back story to the point we’re going to make.
In this day in age, the average attention span of an adult is 10 to 20 minutes, but in order to make sure that the point is grasped and understood, we have fractions of a minute to convey our point. The best example of this is your Instagram feed (if you have Instagram). You’ll scroll right by something without liking it unless it grabs your attention, and you’re able to understand what the meme or quote is trying to say.
Within the last couple of weeks, I have challenged myself by trying to convey a point I’m trying to make within as few words as possible. You should try it for a day and share your feedback on how it works out for you.