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communication tips from C.S. Lewis

Came across this great article on the Letters of Note blog.  It’s a letter C.S. Lewis wrote to a young fan, sharing Lewis’ advice on how to write.  This one applies whether you are writing or speaking:

“Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don’t implement promises, but keep them.”

As a writer or speaker, you must be clear about your goal: Is it to impress your audience or to communicate an idea to them?  In the realm of preaching, our aim is to see lives transformed.  This happens when people are given the best possible chance to hear and understand the truth of God’s Word.  The direct route is preferable to the long, vague one.

If you do much writing or speaking (or are considering doing more), I’d encourage to read this article.


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