Thursday, May 11, 2006

Too Much Information and not enough good communication.

Today it seems like I am in a constant state of information overload. We have too many things being created all of the time, and it is not possible to keep up with it all. Yet, when I look at the information that is coming my way, I am surprised how little of it really has a relevant message. This is a very important thing for speakers to remember. It is rare that we do not have enough information. It is rare that we do not have thousands of sources to support our claims. It is also rare that our speech is clear, concise and to the point. Endeavor to use illustrations to drive your point home. But, avoid speeches that provide little but anecdotes and memoirs. Have a reason to speak and help us to understand.
Ray Bradbury had it right. All we are fed by the media is factoids, not true information. As he said they tell us what date someone was born, but not why it should matter. We are not given the meat of the situation. All we hear is the goo that they want us to hear.
We no longer need to burn books in America. No one reads them, so what is the point.


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