Churchill On The Importance Of Brevity

Insight & Opinion | Workplace

In 1940, at the height of the Battle of Britain Churchill calls for brevity in “papers”, advice which is still highly relevant today and something offices up and down Blighty could still benefit from.

“To do our work, we all have to read a mass of papers. Nearly all of them are far too long. This wastes time, while energy has to be spent in looking for the essential points.” – W.S.C. – Frustrations that many of us still feel today, read Churchill’s memo from 1940 to the War Cabinet…

In a call to cut down on what most of us call management speak Churchill revists his point again in 1951 calling for brevity and the need to avoid jargon and ‘woolly phrases’ “Let us have an end of such phrases as these: ‘It is also of importance to bear in mind the following considerations…’ or ‘ Consideration should be given to the possibility of carrying into effect…'”

Employers take heed, when hiring keep your job adverts succinct and include the correct information (How To Write A Job Advert); Jobseekers make your CV impactful (Professional CV Templates) and under two pages.