3 crucial ingredients to effective workplace communication

Regardless of message or medium, think in terms of levity, brevity and longevity.

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Simple messages are often misconstrued, taken out of context or just ignored. Communication is typically an afterthought—an anonymous offensive lineman who is essential to the team yet woefully overlooked. Half-hearted effort leads to half-baked results.

There’s no secret recipe for whipping up crystal-clear communication, but you might consider three factors when crafting a message at work—or anywhere else:

1. Levity

Corporate communication often sounds robotic, stilted and solemn. A stiff tone isn’t wrong, but you might be losing some people with stodgy wording. Don’t you typically bail upon sight of “synergy” or “innovation”? So do your readers.

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