- answer a single question intelligently or stupidly at the right or wrong time- say hello and engage in conversation with the stranger in the elevator (or not), who turns out to be the decision maker on your proposal- speak up and ask a question vs. sitting silently like the rest of the group- walk into a meeting with a confident comportment, relaxed expression on your face, and purposeful pacing, or slink in and slouch with an unengaged demeanor- make one more phone call, send one more email, take a bit more initiative on a project before you leave work for the dayMonths and years of hard effort are necessary, but seconds of doing things a little differently/a little better than the next person is the big separator.Think about it: If you take 3 seconds today to do 3 actions a little differently/a little better, that’s 9 seconds that could change your life.-Debra Benton
1. What am I trying to say?
2. Have I said it?
3. Is it clear to someone reading it for the first time?Following that simple test, I’ve found that my writing improves in direct ratio to the number of things I keep out that shouldn’t be there.I’ve added one more question to the test:
4. Why should the reader care; what’s in it for them?This last question is to nudge the reader’s curiosity along to continue reading. The author of On Writing Well, William Zinsser, says #4 is to cajole with freshness, or novelty, or paradox, or humor, or purpose -- with an unusual idea, an interesting fact, or a question -- something to make the reader smile and linger on what you wrote.So this blog is a reminder to try and write even the most mundane message in a clear and direct way without being pompous or pretentiousness. That’s where your humanity and warmth will cause people to always want to read what you wrote and be more likely to positively respond.- DebraP.S. If you have comments or questions, please feel free to contact me.Photo by Mark Hunter
-Will this position broaden my experience, expose me to new areas, and teach me things I’ll need in the future?
-Is the management philosophy in sync with my own?
-Is it a stable management time for the company?
-Would I want to work here for the rest of my life – or even five years?
-What happened to my predecessor?