Why Overly-Formal, 'Businessee' Language Is Damaging The Way You Communicate
Let's talk about formal language.
Why do we use formal language, exactly? What's the purpose or aim?
Many of us rarely think about this question or question the type of language we use. We often just use what we 'think' is right. When we communicate, we all share a common goal: to convey our message in the clearest way possible so that the receiver understands what we're trying to say, and know what to do next.
The problem with formal or businessee language is that it often blurs our message, meaning it becomes easier for the receiver to make assumptions about what it is we actually mean. This can have catastrophic outcomes which can potentially turn a project upside down.
What we really want, is to stay away from that overly-formal language (when necessary), and stick to what you know!
Short, simple words and phrases that you're already familiar with is far more effective and practical than trying to impress the reader or listener with super-long words that they probably don't understand!
Next time you prepare a speech, compose an email or simply try to explain something to someone, check yourself, and the type of language you're using. It's the small changes that often make the big differences!