“Why can’t I clot?”
Discussing Monday’s debate with my college students was not anyone’s cup of tea. But we did it. And we actually came to agree on one thing. We now agree that when talking, fewer words are better than unnecessary ones. Yes, “a couple of words.” Go figure!
Economy of language can show preparedness and knowledge of one’s purpose when talking. Verbosity – on the other hand – could be a sign of edginess, uncertainty and frivolity – an indicator of words being just spewed out.
If we want our words to be listened to and seriously considered afterwards, we ought to focus on what there’s substantial evidence for. Combining vital issues with our personal assumptions is not smart. It doesn’t make anyone smart. It’s verbal hemophilia. Instead of presupposing, our listeners will validate each and every of the points we make, so we ought to provide them with verifiable numbers, figures, facts …
It is only then our audience will listen. Not just hear us, but listen. Sidestepping diversions and removing superfluous words will make our point seem clear, honest, intelligent and sharp … and then we stop talking. Let what we said speak for itself. Let it sink in. “The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.”