The Sharp Point

We all know the guy who keeps talking even when you are trying to slowly extract yourself from the conversation. I am self-aware enough to know that sometimes I’m that guy.

No one wants to hear you ramble on. No one wants to hear me repeat my point over and over. Here’s a formula that I’m going to try on to see if it works:

  • Tell a story, state your thesis, give two supporting points, and then wait for feedback.

It is hard for people to digest more than two supporting points. They get lost in the logic and detail. Repeating yourself doesn’t emphasize the point; it muddies the water.

I’m going, to be honest, its hard to be concise. It takes additional time and effort. The same thoughts that Woodrow Wilson had about speech writing hold true for the length of blog posts. When asked how long it took him to write a speech, president Wilson replied, “It depends. If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.” (Source) The shorter the blog post, the longer it takes to write.