Everyone knows that jocks prefer to talk simple, but that’s hardly a strange or a bad thing. In reality, almost everyone talks simple – and the people who don’t should probably do it more often.
Why? Human languages are designed to communicate ideas, not to obscure them. Talking simple is the best thing you can do to make sure that as many people as possible can understand what you’re talking about. That’s pretty much all there is to it. The more you’re able to communicate with other people effectively, the more successful you become. With your bros, good communication can mean the difference between being blind to your needs and understanding your needs.
Here are a few useful tips for keeping your exchanges at the right amount of simplicity:
- Use the ‘Who cares?’ test. Before you say something, ask yourself why anyone be interested in listening to or even sharing the information you plan to pass on.
- Keep your words at an eighth-grade level. Practice by making recordings of things you might say in conversation, and then transcribing them into text. Many apps now have grammar checkers that will calculate the grade level of that text. If you want to calculate it yourself, you can use the Gunning-Fog Index.
- Use examples and stories to support your points. People love storytelling, whether they’re jocks, bros, or part of the rest of the world!
One word of caution, though. Talking simple isn’t always easy. You can hide behind a bunch of buzzwords, or you can take a complicated idea and make it stand out clearly. Sure, the second option is tougher, but I think you’re up to the challenge!
-The Blog Dude