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5 Tools to Help You Be a More Effective Communicator

February 11, 2016
Aaron Polmeer

By Joshua Nite

Words. We like them. Words are good things. Words can make people buy our products through changing of their minds, which for revenue is also good. But this is depending on the just right perfect word to use for effectiveness. We must word better for results that are good.

As you may have just noticed, the ability to communicate clearly is an indispensable skill in marketing. Your thoughts must survive the journey from your brain to someone else’s intact, or they won’t have the intended effect.

Fortunately, good communication isn’t a genetic trait. It’s a learned skill. You can develop it with guided practice, and there are plenty of resources out there to help. Here are five tools we recommend investigating to increase your wording abilities.

#1 – The Hemingway Editor

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Ernest Hemingway was an American author best known for the joke: “Why did the chicken cross the road? To die alone. In the rain.” His no-nonsense, stripped-down prose is a good role model for concise communication. In the digital age, you don’t have to read A Farewell to Arms (spoiler alert: the arms never come back) to ape the master’s style. Just drop your prose into the text field, and the app will highlight areas of possible improvement.

Just keep in mind that these suggestions are only guidelines. They can help make your text clearer, but the editor doesn’t correct for personal style and flow. Too many short sentences can make your prose choppy. But overall, this app is a good starting point. For thinking. About readability.

#2 – Grammarly for Chrome

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Who doesn’t love those red and blue squiggly lines in your word processor? You know, the ones that highlight misspellings and grammatical errors, and are wrong about half of the time? Seriously, the next time it tells me to correct “your great grandma” to “you’re great grandma,” I’m out.

Grammarly is the next generation of those often-clunky grammar and spellcheckers. It plugs into Google Chrome to work with Google Docs, Gmail, or pretty much any other text field. Grammarly’s suggestions are both more accurate and more comprehensive than you’re used to. It can suggest synonyms, highlight often-confused words, and it knows what the Future Conditional Tense is. Which is something I’m not sure of, and I have a master’s degree in English.

#3 – Crystal 

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The first two tools can help with the nuts-and-bolts of your writing. The last three are all about developing empathy for more effective communication.

Have you ever noticed yourself copying someone’s mannerisms during a conversation? That’s a good sign; it means you’re subconsciously practicing empathy. Mirroring the other person’s speech patterns and body language helps create a rapport.

That kind of mirroring can be tricky online, in the absence of visual cues. It can be hard to know who would appreciate a lighter tone, and who is all business. That’s where Crystal comes in. Crystal creates …read more

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