According to Forbes, the best technique when presenting to your audience is adhering to “K.I.S.S.” Simplicity leads to better understanding. And when it comes to communicating, the best practices include being succinct, avoiding jargon, and using conversational language.

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Reflect on how to keep it simple and sweet

Learning how to keep it simple and sweet with complex ideas is fundamental in developing and honing your communication skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

Would you consider using conversational language informal?

Exercises to help you keep it simple and sweet

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your communication skills can allow you to keep it simple and sweet.  

  • Apply succinct and inclusive language when sharing ideas. If you refer to an acronym like K.I.S.S., take the time to explain and define each what each letter entails.
  • Incorporate visuals to explain your idea in an interesting way. For example, instead of verbally describing your team’s month-over-month growth, show a line graph.
  • Use analogies and metaphors to compare unfamiliar topics to familiar topics. As you draw from past experiences, keep your explanation high-level instead of focusing on the details.  

Additional resources to help you keep it simple and sweet

4 Ways To Never, Ever Use Jargon Again
You can use lots of words that don’t mean anything or you can speak like a real person and be a more effective communicator.
Council Post: Simple Concepts For Successful Communication: Be Clear And Direct
The most important strategy to be both clear and brief is preparation. If you don’t know what you want to say, and when you want to say it, your ability to convey information is extremely compromised.
In Simplicity We Trust
Have you ever filled out an application form that was so long and complicated as to be almost unintelligible? Or one that asked for your date of birth in one place and your age in another, and then required you to sign your name over and over again (and also print it out each time)? […]

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