Consistently Concise

Posted: August 31, 2011 in Deeper Things, Inspired!
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Have you ever been asked a question about your Dreams and Desires, and started responding with “Uuuummmmmm…” or, “Weeeeeelllllll…” or even, “You seeeee…”??
Weeeeeellllll let me tell you that you’re suffering from a lack of Clarity, a symptom of which is ‘extended versions of common terms, mimicking the effects of a speech impediment’. In other words, you don’t REALLY know what you want.

We all glorify ‘having an idea’ of what you want, but don’t demand a concise description of that idea. Being as exact and as brief as you takes you out of pit of talking too much (which is a topic I really do justice in my earlier post!), which is important because talking TOO much takes everyone on a journey up into mid-air, and leaves us all there!

"Hey there's a shiny object over there, distracting me from listening to... Look at that thing shine!!"

There are good reasons for being consistently concise in our descriptions Dreams (or even ourselves). Firstly, your listeners may or may not play a role in making your Dream happen, so they’re looking out for keywords that they can relate to. If it takes ages for those words to come up, or if those words are surrounded by so many signs of uncertainty (like “Weeeeeeellll”), your listeners are more likely to turn off. FAIL!

You never know what someone has to offer, so it’s in your interests to give them the best chance to engage you, not run away from you. Try put your Dream into 2 or 3 sentences. Get to the point as quickly as possible. Doing this gives people a chance to ask more direct questions that interest THEM. If you have your ideas in order, this can become very stimulating conversation, and could even lead to relevant relationships.

The second reason covers the next set of ‘listener’, you! You’re actually listening to yourself as you talk to people, and if its drawn out process, you start to feel the disconnection between you and your audience. This is seriously discouraging, as your Dream is being indirectly associated to something boring, or irrelevant. For you, speaking out loud is a form of ‘substance’ that your heart can hold onto. If that substance feels good, you’re more likely to do more to make it happen.

As you hear yourself speak, being bogged down by many words has the effect of making your Dream feel ‘hard’ or ‘difficult’. One thing I try to do often is to say it like I’m in it! That’s right. Say it like you’re in it. Try now! Just describe your Dream as though your viewpoint is someone living it. You’ll describe a place you already work in much faster than one you hope to work in.

The first few times will be hard, because you need to be clear about it, but as you put your ideas down into ‘bite-sized chunks’, you’ll actually FEEL more confident about the possibilities. You’ll also pass on that feeling on to others who listen. PASS!

"Your speech cloud is a weird colour!"

Make sure if you’re going to talk a lot, it’s because you’ve been given the platform and time to do so. Please avoid it in any other setting.

So those are my reasons and tips on being consistently concise. You have to be that way for yours and your audience’s sake.

Bringing Dreams to life has its own pressures, take a break, be concise.



  1. Lebo says:

    This is not something that I would say I have thought about often … but now that you’ve brought it up, I realise that it’s actually very important to know what I want!! I could very easily be that person going ”ummmmm, weeeeeeeelll” instead of giving a concise answer. You never know who you’re going to meet!!

  2. Ruttie says:

    Yes generally one needs to be concise when they speak, especially about their vision, you are right Lebo you never know who you are going to meet!!! and yes Maze it has the effect of making you more confident and sure of what it is you want to do, more certain about your vision and makes you believe that it is possible even more. Thank you for that.

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