Monday, May 4, 2009

$20 vs 5c words

You know you've had an easy day when you stumble over a blog about making successful speeches and you think a good point is made.

That point?

Don't use a $20 word when a 5c word will do.

Truthfully, i see this a lot. Especially in churches. Particularly with ministers.

They love to use words they used/learnt in college. Words that people don't use. Anywhere. Ever. Words that other Christians don't understand (even though they may pretend that they actually do). Words that sound to non-believers like gibberish.

In most communication, simplicity is a vital key. If you're not understood, what's the point?

Sometimes i think that over-education of ministers harms effective communication.

1 comment:

kim said...

not over education, just thoughtlessness or pretensiousness