A study in getting to the point.
Think of the last time you had to write an About Us page. Or a FAQ. Or craft an elevator pitch.
The big challenge is coming up with a clear, engaging, and succinct description of your project.
The tendency – and the highly damaging tendency – is to rely on adjectives and buzzwords. The result is a message that fades into the background noise of crappy business prose.
So what’s the way out? How, as a writer, do you rid your message of all the nonsense?
It’s never easy, but try this out:
Rather than answering the question “What is your project?” answer “What the fuck is your project?”
“Who are you?” -> “Who the fuck are you?”
“What do you do?” -> “What the fuck do you do?”
Add the menace. The challenge. The nasty consequence of getting it wrong.
You’ll be surprised at how much clearer the question becomes. And how much shorter and convincing your answer.