Think Complete Thoughts

August 26, 2013 Posted by jeff@heartlandwriter.net

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Whenever I write an email to someone or send a text on the Smart phone my lovely wife bought for me, I insist on using grammar and punctuation that is correct because, well… I just can’t do it any other way. I have too many memories of my dad looking at me and shaking his head in disappointment as he read my English homework and saying “You can do better than this”. Words were his business and he was of the opinion that the pursuit of accuracy in communications was a no-brainer. Do it right or don’t do it at all.

 

So I refuse to indulge in the practice of communicating in short bursts of cryptic messages such as those used while sending messages on cell phones or on Twitter. It almost always results in lazy thinking and I won’t be a part of it, especially in business communications. That’s not to say that texting or Tweeting isn’t  justified or useful, but it needs to be a grammatically correct message rather than one that appears to be pecked out by a visually impaired chicken at a carnival side show.

 

I remember reading somewhere that “It takes 10 to 20 minutes of focused concentration to dial into the flow state required to create anything of worth or value for your business. Every time you allow yourself to be distracted by inane social media twaddle, remember this: It’s costing you. Stay focused on one thing at a time and you have an immediate advantage.” Good advice for those in business and good advice for personal communications also.

 

Forcing yourself to apply high standards to any writing that you do will pay dividends that may not be apparent in the beginning. The major advantage is that correct grammar and punctuation sets you apart from the people who are willing to settle for self-imposed mediocrity.

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