Miscommunication–It’s the bane of every good writer, yet all too often it happens. What would you say if I told you that many communication problems that writers face could be traced to five common causes?
You’d want to know those causes, wouldn’t you? Well, so did I–so I developed this list of problems that cause miscommunication. If you’ve ever had someone misunderstand your writing, you’ll want to see if one of these culprits is the cause.
Here are five problems that can cause your readers to misunderstand what you write:
- You forgot who you’re writing to. It’s very important to keep your audience in mind. You need to write in a way that your audience relates to. That means you’ll have to learn a little about what your readers already know and understand about your topic.
- Your information is incomplete. All too often writers stop just short of being really informative. They may share some details that are very valid, but don’t quite cover everything the reader needs to know. Remember, incomplete communication is miscommunication.
- Your material is poorly organized. Yes Virginia, how you organize your writing is important. Your writing needs to take the reader through a logical sequence of thoughts. You can’t just throw everything you know about a subject out there and expect it to be understood.
- Your presentation competes with your content. I see this a lot on the Internet. Pay close attention to what the page looks like where your writing will be published. Does it have a professional appearance, or is it cluttered with ads and popups?
- Nobody can find your information. Writing great material benefits no one if no one ever sees what you write. In this age of social media, it is often up to the writer to promote his or her own material.
What miscommunication problems have you had? Share your answer in the comments.