Avoid misunderstandings with precise details
Clear up confusion by changing word order
Avoid jargon, buzzwords, and repetition
Use fewer sentences to communicate your message
Despite our best intentions, our communication with others is often unclear. Popular culture often exploits our tendency toward miscommunication for its humor potential. For example, in “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show,” a classic 1950s sitcom, the often-ditzy Gracie Allen tries to tell a delivery guy where to deliver her new furniture. The conversation goes something like this:
“Our house is right across from the Mortons’ house,” Gracie says. “What’s the address?” the delivery man asks. “240 Grove Street,” ...