Really short stories

With enough patience and effort I can send a whole
message clearly in just a few words. The advantages
are that the message is quickly absorbed and easily
remembered. Sometimes condensing the verbiage is
just what the doctor ordered. Some examples are:

  • A diamond is a piece of coal that kept trying.
  • Even if you’re on the road to success, you’ll get run
    over if you just sit there.
  • If you were the boss, who would you promote? Why?
  • If you were the customer, would you buy this? Why?
  • We like people who accept us as we are, warts and all.
  • A pat on the back is a big lift when I’m getting tired.
  • Even a little bit of success can make all the difference.

One message I get from this exercise is people who
form the habit of getting to the point when speaking
and writing are more effective. Rambling on when a
condensed version will do is probably caused by fear
that the audience won’t understand or won’t like me
if I don’t make it perfect.

Give them a break. Take time enough to tell a short
story.

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