When it comes to the ability to be clear and concise, some people are born with it and some people are me.
I’ve never been the most straightforward.
Instead of getting to the point, my point usually arrives within the last 5% of any conversation, which means I (usually) have to fumble my way through logic and reasoning until I, after thinking out loud, can put two and two together.
I’m not exactly sure why I’ve always been this way, but it’s something I actively try to improve upon.
Speaking of improving, I can confidently say that writing has made the single greatest difference in becoming more clear and concise.
I’ve been writing (almost) every day for over three years now, and I’ve realized something interesting - Communicating with others has become easier because I’ve already had many of the conversations beforehand with myself.
Thanks to this unexpected side effect, I’ve already thought about many of the responses I give. It doesn’t mean they’re polished and contrived - they’re just a little more clear and thought out.
This is one of the biggest reasons why I urge other people to consider writing, even if no one else will ever read the words they write in a journal.