Being Succinct

My mentor shared with me excerpts from the book Quiet Leadership. The book shares some helpful quotes about being succinct:

“When there is a gap between one’s real and declared aims, one turns instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like cuttlefish squirting out ink.”
– George Orwell

“Sincere words are not embellished; embellished words are not sincere.”
– Lao-tzu

The book lists two reasons for being succinct:

  1. Focusing on being succinct makes the speaker get clearer about their core message, before they speak.
  2. Being succinct provides the listener with a chance to process bite-sized pieces of information, rather than having to digest several minutes of ideas at once.
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