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Hi! It's Piotr Gaczkowski here. You're receiving this e-mail because you've signed up to Bit Better, a newsletter for curious minds on a journey from idea to creation. Thank you for reading!

💬Saying what you mean

After sending the previous issue, I got a reply that what I wrote sounded very frivolous. After all, making choices about what to focus on and what to drop is not as simple as selecting what brings us joy.

All of us have responsibilities that may come from us being parents, citizens, employees, or service providers. We can't simply drop some of them without causing harm to those who rely on us.

And I agree with this response. What I had in mind was to consider several factors upon deciding what to stick to and what to leave. But I made several mistakes.

What could be better

I put personal satisfaction in the first place, implying it might be the most important factor.

I've never mentioned that you need to set priorities to the presented factors and priorities to your projects. There is no framework for that as priorities are highly personal.

Finally, I haven't gone in-depth with some of the factors. For example, in my mind, "does it help others" covers parental duties as well as not leaving colleagues alone with their problems. But since I haven't put it this way, I left it open for interpretation.

Are we clear?

Which brings me to the topic of this issue: how to communicate so others may understand you.

What we say is not the same as what others understand. Each of us has a unique background and may interpret similar words in a very different way. When we add to it the fact that some of us communicate in non-native languages, it becomes very hard to preserve meaning. Especially in written non-interactive formats such as newsletters or blog articles.

Is there a way to improve it? Yes, I think so. We can read about good style from some of the resources mentioned below. Reading won't get us very far, though. We should also exercise by writing (or talking). Finally, it's important to ask for feedback as this is the only way to learn how others perceive our messages.

As a creator, you want your audience to understand you. Crafting the right message is a skill that also requires practice. Test your communication with those who don't share your background.

I hope you get what I mean here.

🧠Curious Stuff

Books

"The Elements of Style" by William Strunk, Jr. This is a short book on improving English writing. It's targeted at journalists but a lot of rules also apply to online content.

"Made to Stick" by Chip Heath & Dan Heath. Authors analyze different messages and what impact they make. It turns out rephrasing what you want to say may make your ideas much more memorable.

📚Book Club Updates

Next week, on May 5th, we are meeting to talk about "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" by Mark Manson. You can expect a mix of philosophy, psychology, and harsh reality. Here's the link to the event: come, join us!

The book we're currently reading is "Doing Content Right" by Steph Smith. Regardless of what you're creating (a business, digital products, art, community), sooner or later, you'll realize that it's vital to release great content related to your field. Want to know what makes content great? Steph has it figured out!
Do you have any tips on how to communicate better? Hit reply and tell me!
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