Today we’re looking at the simplicity of six words. Can you write your company story in six to ten words? This isn’t a new idea. Ernest Hemingway wrote a famous six word story.
“For Sale: New baby shoes. Never worn.”
Too often we make things harder than they need to be. Use the simplicity of six words.
Carefully Define Your Business
First, implement this six word idea with your business: define your company and culture in six words or less.
For example: at Poole Communications, we are client-focused, ethical, creative, self-motivated and passionate. When hiring new employees we look for those same characteristics. Even when interviewing a potential new client, we look for those same qualities. (That’s right, we don’t accept all new clients; we really want a good fit.)
The result is that we have a better fit with ALL the people we work with, that means more enjoyment in our work – and lives – for everyone involved.
Whenever we deviate from this principle there’s trouble: a unhappy client who doesn’t fit, or a disgruntled, unproductive employee. I’ve learned over the years how important it is to let our values lead the way.
Next, Define How You Work
Next, six simple words can help us define our logos, our slogans, how we work – and even who we work with. Those same words help you in planning and creating work or providing service. We don’t want to sell ourselves, our products or services; we want to educate in an ethical way. Let’s make the world a better place. Everyone wants marketing material that are simple and easy to understand. The little amount of time each have makes it mandatory. Word choice and communication is extremely important. It’s critical to be clear about who you are and how you work; and it’s equally important to be quickly understood.
Simplify Your Life
Finally, the world is fast paced, and we all have a lot to do; work to simplify your job and make your company function better. The simplicity of six words is one small tool you can use. Define what your business is, and how your business works. Get your team involved and listen to their input. Empower them to help grow the company and help make it better.
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