This Is Your Brain On Ambiguity.

As humans, we have a tricky relationship with ambiguity. Used effectively, ambiguity (messages with more than one interpretation) can create clever, insightful, and amusing communication — making it a staple of advertising and comedy. Used ineffectively, however, ambiguity’s multiple meanings can create confusing and misleading language that prevents readers from understanding what you mean. And…

Clarify Procedures and Instructions With a “Show, Don’t Tell” Approach

Every form of communication can benefit from show-don’t-tell writing. Sure, this style can improve storytelling and foster audience engagement — but it’s also a powerful tool when providing instructions. And when managing efficient operations, clear instructions are a must! Whether in a technical document or an informal email, instructions that are easy to understand and follow…

Show, Don’t Tell: Paint a Picture With Language

In writing, we use the concept “show, don’t tell” to ignite our reader’s imaginations and transport them into the world of our story. We build sensory experiences with descriptive and specific details — sometimes called “images” — to help us entertain and inform our audience. The skill is necessary to capture our reader’s interest and…