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Focus: Blurry or Sharp

yellow irisI love, love, love to take pictures. However, there have been times when I’ve frustrated myself – the pictures weren’t as clear as they were intended to be. GASP!

I started taking pictures back in the day when you used film. So, you had the expense of the film and processing before you could find out that UGH, that wasn’t suppose to look like that! You’re suppose to see the iris clearly – not the stems. (yes this is from film)

But now there’s these handy things called digital cameras.

So?

butterfly or mothWell you can take pictures, find out right away if it’s out of focus. If it’s out of focus then you can delete it and move on. (yes digital – a properly focused picture)

How cool is that?

Now (sometimes) don’t you wish life was that easy? I mean really, to be able to re-gain your focus with just the click of a button or two?

Go ahead, ‘fess up – you know you have. At least once. For example, you could be so incredibly excited about an upcoming event that you mess up a project you’re working on. You’re not focused on the task at hand.

Focusing on your business is key. Perhaps you can afford to make a mistake, maybe two. But how does that affect your integrity? Will clients feel they can count on you when things get tough? Or will they wonder, just how many times will it take to get this done right?

I will admit that YES I have been guilty of losing my focus. Then I have to work that much harder to correct the mistakes/missteps I made to regain the trust of my client. Sometimes that’s much harder than it would have been to simply sit down, take a moment to focus.

So, how is your focus? Is it more like that iris? The main part of the picture – the story is blurred and lost. Do you have to try too hard to understand?

Or is your focus like that Swollowtail? Clear, sharp and you can easily read the story.

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When you write, is your message clear?

Do people understand what you’re saying? Do they understand the words you use? Are you too descriptive and lose your reader immediately?

Well, something to keep in mind – who is your audience?

I was writing a couple of articles for a newsletter not long ago and learned later that some of the readers didn’t know a word I used. Is this good or bad? Is it good that they had to go to a dictionary to look up the word? Or, is it bad? Because not knowing a word used could cause confusion in the message you’re trying to get across. That totally defeats the purpose.

It’s a fine line to walk when writing. Do you presume that everyone will understand and/or take the time or interest to look up a word? Do you change your style because you’re just not sure? Or, do you just not worry – and be yourself?

Personally, I vote for the “be yourself” part. If you second guess everything you do, your message will get muddied and lost. Your readers will wonder just what it is you’re trying to say and why are you taking so many words to say something that could be conveyed in fewer words.

You see, I tend to “babble” enough as it is, if I were to think of a sentence to cover one word…well people would really give up on me.

Oh for the articles? It’s mixed. Some looked up the word (and were thrilled to learn the meaning), some had no idea and felt I didn’t make sense, others thought I was insulting them, and others were happy that I explained the word to them (they didn’t look it up) and were happy to learn something new.

Quite the mixed bag of reactions, don’t you think?