How to Be Heard

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Clear, concise writing gets read.

Rambling, unprecise, meandering text does not.

How many great ideas drown in alphabet soup?

The more you say, the less you are heard.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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coolcatteacher May 3, 2011 - 8:46 pm

Yes! Cutting out half the words makes it more powerful! This is an area in which I struggle.

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richardbyrne May 3, 2011 - 9:55 pm

There is a great scene in A River Runs Through It in which Norman Maclean’s father makes him re-write an essay many times. Each time the father tells him, “half as long.” When Norman has it down to an acceptable length his father simply says, “good, now throw it away.” That scene comes to mind whenever I feel like my writing is getting too long.

coolcatteacher May 3, 2011 - 10:38 pm

Great thought- except the throwing away part! :-) I struggle with length (who would have guessed) but remind myself that to many words render meaning irrelevant.

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Healthytastic May 6, 2011 - 2:15 pm

I think you are so right, my blog would probably be read alot more if I condense my writing!

Samuel May 11, 2011 - 8:06 am

Nice bite-sized advice. As a student studying communications and PR, it is always important to remember to write concisely. I especially like the last one. Too often, people write too much, afraid that they are leaving out important stuff. But what’s the point if it contains great information but never gets read!

coolcatteacher May 11, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Yes! It is so hard to write concisely! Such a challenge!

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