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Use the 'KISS Rule' When Speaking and Writing

Use the KISS Rule

Use the KISS Rule

The KISS Rule

The KISS Rule means "Keep It Short and Simple." Philosophers, playwrights, singers, authors, gospel writers, and Jesus used the Kiss Rule. They knew how to get their messages across without being wordy. They said what they had to say and were straight to the point. Here are some of their examples.

  • Socrates, the well-known Greek philosopher, said, "Know thyself."
  • William Shakespeare, in his famous play Hamlet, said, "To be or not to be."
  • John, the gospel writer, described Jesus' emotion by saying, "Jesus wept" (John 11:35).

The Holy Bible is full of short commandments.

  • "Do not kill" (Exodus 20:13).
  • "Do not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14).
  • "Do not steal" (Exodus 20:15).
  • "Fear not" (Isaiah 41:10).
  • "Stretch out your hand" (Matthew 12:13).

Jesus Used the KISS Rule

Jesus knew the impact and effectiveness of using the KISS Rule. He used it throughout His ministry. He gave many easy-to-remember commandments in short statements, such as the ones listed below.

  • "Love thy neighbor as thyself" (Matthew 19:19).
  • "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." (John 5:8).
  • "Go and sin no more" (John 8:11)
  • "Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid." (Mark 6:50)
  • "Oh, you of little faith." (Matthew 8:26)
  • "Peace, be still" (Mark 4:39).
  • "I thirst." (John 19:28).
  • "It is finished" (John 19:30).

KISS Rule in Writing and Speaking

There are rules to follow in writing. A sentence should not include more than 20 words. If a sentence is too long, it can be broken up into two separate sentences. That can easily be done in two ways:

  • Eliminate extra words. It has been proven that the word "that" can be eliminated from most sentences, and the sentences will still make sense.
  • Usually, the "and" can be eliminated from a long sentence. The writer can separate a long sentence into two shorter sentences.

Shorter sentences are more powerful than longer sentences. Preachers usually make the mistake of using sentences that are way too long. When they get to the end of the long sentences, people have forgotten what they heard at the beginning.

No sentence in this article is longer than 20 words. Count them if you like.

Long-Winded People

Some people are long-winded because it might make them feel important. They think people are impressed with what they know. They go on and on and end up repeating themselves. Some of what they said could have been eliminated.

They should use the KISS Rule and condense what they say instead of saying the first thing that comes to their mind. Conversations with long sentences become boring.

Using the KISS Rule is very important when a person goes on a job interview. No matter how good the candidate could be for the company, interviewers tend to eliminate candidates who ramble.

Just the facts, ma'am.

Just the facts, ma'am.

Jack Webb's Advice

Jack Webb, the actor who played Sgt. Joe Friday on Dragnet used to become impatient. When females were explaining something to him, he often said, "Just the facts, Ma'am."

Many people, whether male or female, should take that advice and give just the facts.

Use a Better Word Than 'Stupid'

More than likely, you have heard that the acronym KISS means "Keep It Short, Stupid." There is no need to call people derogatory names in order to get your point across. You can change that second "s" to mean something else, depending on your environment.

For instance, teachers can say, "Keep it short, students." Someone can tell his lover, "Keep it short, sweetheart." Or you can say, "Keep it short and simple." That way, no one will get their feelings hurt because of the advice.