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Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte, Blaise Pascale
(Translation: I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time to shorten it)

This is the point of this article! We have all had to endure the most tedious meetings in YWAM because people just have not taken the time to make one point, make it clearly and make it simply! But be realistically: if you (1 person) do the work of finding the core statements, the other attendants (20 persons?) won't have to do it.

KISS: "Keep It Simple (Stupid)"

To be brief:

  1. Think about what you want to say
  2. Then cut out everything except:
    • What others need to know
    • What others want to know
  3. Then think of ways to make your point memorably in the smallest amount of time

It helps often to send people what you want to say before a meeting: most people can read many times faster than they can listen! However, sometimes it is not knowledge that is most needed to be communicated to others but feelings, and in that case we must take time to listen well.

Romkje Fountain: "I think women are better at this than men"

Kermit the Frog is "encouraged" to consider brevity:


Keeping things simple, transparent and pure is very important. Consider this 4 minute TEDS talk by a man simplifying communication for the American Government.