Great "Pretense Alert" piece on using inauthentic speech

There’s a great article at on how it can backfire when speakers and writers try to use words that are more complicated than needed in an effort to sound smart.

The article also provides the following Marketing Inspiration: “If you choose words because you think they sound smarter, there’s a good possibility they’re having the opposite effect.”

This also applies when you hire someone to write an article, speech, Web content, or collateral materials for you… it’s the art of properly capturing who you are and how you speak! There’s a proper balance to strike between being correct and not lazy with how you use the language and trying to “talk up” or sound more erudite than is needed.

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