Saturday, February 15, 2014

Soft Skills: Concise, or is it?

I love being concise -  the efficiency warms my heart.  Russian, with its single  verb question, and matching single verb response gives me a visceral pleasure. Two Russians, Sergey and Slava, wanting to grab lunch could have the  following exchange:

Sergey: Eat?
Slava: Eat!

My love of conciseness often  has me sending short emails.  Frequently, my mails are so concise that my reader has no idea what I'm talking about. This confusion means  I need to send another mail explaining the meaning of my initial concise mail.

To conclude the lengthy explanation of my concise mail, I hear the words of my wise friend -  a message isn't concise if the reader can't understand it.

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