Albert Einstein said, "If you can not explain it simply, you do not understand it well enough."
Einstein attended a lecture by a professor , along with a lot of other people. The professor made the subject so complex, Einstein believed the audience needed to be enlightened by presenting it more simply. So he went onto the platform and explained in simple terms what the professor had tried to convey.
We block the understanding of others with the use of the wrong words. Why does this happen?
Whether writing or speaking, we have the wrong kind of pride when the big words are used, the audience may not understand. Consequently, they may be trying to figure out what was just said, while we have probably gone on to the next point. A good communicator analyzes their potential audience and crafts what is being said accordingly.
Someone I knew did this when he spoke in presentations, and would not take advice to the contrary. He seemed to think it was the "job" of the audience to be intellectually enough to understand what he was saying. I responded, "Not if you want to communicate."
Communicating effectively is not about "dumbing down" what we are trying to get across to our listeners.
The second reason: Vocabulary is a tool.
A rock sculptor uses different chisels to cut off the desired amount of rock.
A good teacher would not use technical words to help her kindergarten class to learn a scientific concept.
A good teacher would not be appropriate to remove a narrow amount of surface he is working on, and vice versa.
Jesus taught mostly common laborers, farmers, and fishermen. He did not use lofty theological examples that none of them could comprehend. He used stories, called parables, that contained deep meaning, but said in a simple way.
Vocabulary is a tool we must use wisely. We can put countless hours in researching and writing and presenting what we have to offer as a writer or speaker. There may be only one chance to make a good impression before we lose a person forever as a reader, listener, and supporter. Do we dare to take the chance that we may offend them or leave them with little understanding of what we have said in whatever medium of contact
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