How to Say More with Less Words

Lynda Stucky writes an article about learning the difference between “need to know” and “nice to know.” In a dense conservation, the brain is unable to pick out the vital details amidst the clutter. In order to pare it down, you should focus on making one point at a time so that the ideas in your head do not clash. It is okay to pause before responding, especially since it makes you look (literally) thoughtful. Learn to summarize and mirror what people are saying to you in order to help you articulate your own position. If it really helps, use a quote, cite a statistic, or tell a brief anecdote to bolster your ideas. As Stucky notes, “Highly efficient speech is like a hybrid car running on less gas and obtaining better mileage.”

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