Everyone has that friend that makes a mountain out of a molehill.
“Ugh. It’s Monday and the train is running slow this morning. This is going to be a terrible week.” According to ‘that’ friend, a relatively small thing will impact the course of his or her entire week.
‘That’ friend may have positive things to say as well. “Just saw [insert D-list actor] walking down the street. My life is complete!!!”
These are low-impact statements dressed up as things people should care about. In marketing (as in life), there are ways to do this effectively. Hyperbolizing low-impact statements is not the correct route.
People may write low-impact statements because:
- They don’t understand their audience (or don’t care)
- The ideas they share are self-centered
- The main theme or idea is unclear
- They are drama queens
Not every sentence you write will land with the kind of impact you desire. But that’s okay. In business writing, everything should lead to the big picture. But, if you’re summing up a theme or message, the sentence must ring with impact. Hyperbole is transparent. How do you increase the impact of the statement without blowing it out of proportion?
- Empathize with the reader by framing the pain-point, problem or situation. This requires a clear understanding of your audience.
- Clearly demonstrate how your product, service or organization solves the problem. Do this simply but descriptively. Statements that resonate require clarity and relevance — not exclamation points, italics, editorializations or aggrandized concepts.
- As I’ve mentioned before, shorter sentences often have a greater impact.
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll avoid becoming ‘that’ writer.