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Small Words Are Mightier

The other day I was talking to a Very Technical Person about things that were way over my head. I was trying to understand the relationship between a “class” and an “instance” as they relate to an “object” and he kept saying things like, “there can be many instantiations of a class.”

Finally I had to ask, “Do coders really sit around and use the word ‘instantiate’ in every day conversation?”

Surprisingly, the answer was yes.

Explaining concepts that are second nature to us is tricky because we can’t un-know what we already know. So how can you be sure you’re explaining your Big Idea in a way everyone will understand?

Ignite Seattle speaker, Sally James, says, “The most complicated big things are best explained using ordinary words.”

She goes on to suggest that it gets us out of a jargon rut to “stretch our brain” and figure out new, simpler ways to communicate the most important part of what we want to tell other people.

You might think big words are mightier, but using common, everyday words may be the best way to get your message across.

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