The Tongue and Quill

For decades, “The Tongue and Quill” manual has been used by the U.S. Air Force to improve their written and verbal communication skills. The Air Force communication is required to be exceptionally clear and direct.

Unclear messages can cause expensive mistakes. Simplification of information and making each word count is vital in the military environment. But this is not limited to the Air Force, most of these techniques are valuable to have in the professional world as well.

The Tongue and Quill six-step checklist contains the six important steps for effective written communication:

1 – The First step is to question the need for communication and the receiving audience. Analyzing the purpose of writing helps to eliminate the delivery of information that might not be useful.

2 – This leads to properly being aware of the information being shared and having sufficient knowledge about it before sharing it.

3 – This also includes putting the logic to work and adding your thoughts to support the idea.

4 – Moving on to the structure, a straightforward format should be followed without any self-important words or fashionable phrases.

5 – The writing must be aimed to inform and not to impress. The language used should be as clear and understandable as possible.

6 – It is always helpful to take constructive feedback from others and make the necessary improvements.

Showing Up Every Day

Around this time last year, I had the thought of starting my blog. It has been one of the best decisions of my life. I’m highly inspired by Seth Godin’s idea of showing up every day. When you write and publish daily, you get forced to look around and find things to write about.

The world does not lack ideas, our brain ends up ignoring most of them. Daily Blogging makes you more observant and critical. Till now, I have written more than a hundred posts for this blog. Most of them aren’t that good but they got me one step ahead of my previous post and I learnt something new while writing them.

I don’t write this blog for statistics or the subscribers, I write it for myself and for people who are looking to follow my writing journey. I’m working on building a routine that enables me to come up with something new and publish it consistently, without missing a day. That’s the goal. :)