Friday, 8 October 2010

Short and Sweet

When I worked in an academic institution as an AA (Admin Assistant), I was appalled at how long documents were expected to be. If something could be expressed simply in one short sentence, it was inevitably worked on for days until it resembled an unintelligible 3 pages. My boss once wrote what I thought was a brilliant motivation for overseas funding for a new Chair in the Medical Faculty - it was a good, concise and persuasive 5 pages - and we were told that if we wanted to impress foreign benefactors, the document would have to be at least 30 pages long!! How daft is that? Can you imagine being faced with all this ‘puffed up bumf’? You would surely want to speed-read it to get down to the nitty-gritty i.e. the original 5 pages.

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