Saturday, June 14, 2008

Reece, personal musings - A Bit of Fun and Good Sense

Here I play an old trick. It is great fun, and it will not take much of your time.

It is good to use for those of you who write about health care. You can give the facts, the good news, the bad news, and the dire trends. You can track high costs, those who can pay and those who can’t. You can tell of the the rise and fall of good and bad folk, the role of greed for those who crave riches and the hope of those who from costs want to be freed.

And you can do it fast. You save time for all. You can use it when you write blogs, poems, straight pieces, and prose for docs. MDs have time on the line and on their mind. They want their facts straight – no bells, no bows, no strings, no wind, no fog.

See if you can spot it. I do it now right under your nose. Have you known each word so far? Does what I write make sense? Do you know what I mean? I hope so.

You can say what you mean when you play this trick. You can be brief, terse, to the point, full of pith and good sense. Those who read you can not blame you for loose talk or long words that are hard to know. They will thank you. They may even think you are full of smarts.

Please read this piece once more. You will find all words have been of one syllable – except the last, of course.

As Winston Churchill, said, “Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.”

1 comment:

Gary M. Levin said...

Keep it "pithy", and remember "the spin (and that is counter-clockwise)
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