Every so often I come across someone who wants to pontificate endlessly on a topic that I just asked for a one-word answer to. Not as frequently, but often enough, I ask for detailed information regarding an error message or technological failure and I receive three or four words back. And it reminds me of a Red Green clip I saw years ago, where Harold describes the three versions of every story.
Please click the link and give it a view. I can wait.
I think this concept needs to be taught to all people in all levels of school as a valid socialization concern/communication requirement.
Think of the three versions of every story in this way:
- Twitter (140 characters or less.)
- Email (A screenful, maybe two.)
- Wikipedia article (Run away with your words.)
Or for those of us old enough to know that “stationery” wasn’t a misspelling to describe an unmoving object:
Not everyone wants a PhD dissertation as an answer to “How are you?” By the same token, it’s extremely frustrating to get one-word answers for, “How did the new interface work for the website?”
The three versions won’t replace thoughtfulness in conversation, but maybe they can prompt us at times.
‘Cause some people….