“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” — Blaise Pascal
Where do you fall on the brevity/verbosity spectrum?
I’m taking the idea of the post we had a few days ago and using a 10 minute timer for my posts for the foreseeable future. It is pretty clear where I fall on the brevity/verbosity spectrum if you read my posts. I usually say quite a bit when I don’t need to. This isn’t always the case though. I guess it would depend on how much time I’ve had to think on the topic and whether I think my thoughts are actually relevant. If it’s not going to be helpful to the discussion, I’m going to do my best to not say it.
I’ve got a friend who pretty much lives on the verbosity side of the spectrum. It’s rather frustrating. I let her know from time to time in a friendly way. She’ll use phrases like “There was a question as to…” or “Things as such” then go on and on for 10 minutes and leave me with a confused look. I’ve got the mind to tell her…”What’s going on? You’ve got 30 seconds…starting…now” and see what I can do. I don’t say this to complain. I say it because sometimes it can be amusing.
When I’m working, I try to reside on the brevity side of things. I just recently got a new student. The first lesson was last night, actually. I’m so glad I knew them, otherwise my ramblings probably would have been taken as “This guy’s an idiot.” I get excited about what I do and, when someone’s enjoying it, even better… I was all over the place talking about things that were probably a bit further along than what needed to be talked about. Was I concise? Hardly. Was I clear? Maybe a little. Did I talk way too much? Absolutely. I guess it’ll be back to the “drawing board” or should I say “speaking board” to work out more efficient ways to look and explain things.
This was a pretty wordy answer for me, but I have to fill up the whole 10 minutes of writing time with something. A minute and a half to go…………………….