Sunday (Monday?) Round Up – May 19, 2014

Words, or just a single word, will make the difference between shared knowledge and confusion. From spelling and choosing words correctly, to answering the right questions and explaining a gargantuan undertaking, it’s all about precision.

30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Horrible

Nothing stands out like a mistake. Knowing how to say what one wants to say is vital to precise communication.

Three Questions Every Brand’s Story Must Answer

What would your world be like? What will make it happen? How are you trying to get there right now? That’s a basic plot of any mission, so can your organization answer those questions? Communicating you or your organization’s mission requires precise, exact communication.

Here’s What You Missed at Social Media Camp

A precise message can be derived from a complicated event. Social Media Camp 2014 was a gigantic venture – three speakers presenting at the same time and over 750 attendees. Nonetheless, Laurel Lindsay distilled it into short, exact sentences that loses no important details despite having a low word count.

Over to You…

How do you practice precision? Do you agree that routine and creativity can mix? How important to you is a precise story?

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Sunday Roundup – April 6, 2014

We are proud of communication. Whether we are sharing a mundane shopping list or a multi-hundred-page report, using words and language to convey meaning is something to celebrate—when it is done correctly.

Sometimes being correct is a matter of logic. Just because something has been done one way for a long time, for example, does not mean that it is the best way of doing it:

Have you been to this meeting?

Sometimes being correct is a matter of terminology and knowledge. Click the title and watch the video embedded in Mr. Godin’s blog post. Big words sound impressive; using them in context requires knowing what the word means. Say what you know, and let experts guide you when you do not.

Stuck for Words: 5 things to not say when a person is grieving

Sometimes being correct is a matter of emotion. Feelings are complicated, especially those as strong as grief, and it is not always clear how one can help. We look inward and speak about our own emotions often, so walking with someone through their own is not easy.

Over to You…

What do you think about how people communicate? What is correct? What is polite?