Have you ever stood in company, sat in a meeting, or listened to someone presenting and become frustrated with the jargon that they are using? Have you noticed how we switch off and begin to drift, or get more and more annoyed with the person speaking, to the point that we don’t even hear what they are saying anymore?
So why, when we get the opportunity and feel vulnerable or lacking in confidence, do we then start to use jargon or buzzwords or technical phrases ourselves?
If we remember that on hearing these things ourselves we usually think less of the person, then we will stay on the right track.
Keep things simple
Always think of your audience, regardless of whether it is made up of 1 or 100 people. The more plain and clear your words, the more interest and understanding comes to those who are listening.
So next time you are feeling exposed or insecure remember to stay focused on simple, direct, clear and plain speaking. You’ll make things more interesting, as plain, honest speaking is what you want to be remembered for, not for being a jerk, or worse!