Are You Speaking Your Reader’s Language?

 

Every day – save Sunday – my wife Kelli and I eat at a Buddhist vegetarian restaurant here in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

I filmed a short 1080 p video of us ordering food with a few words of Thai:

Ordering Food at a Buddhist Vegetarian Restaurant in Chiang Mai Thailand

Although Kelli and I could get away with pointing and smiling we at least learned a few basic Thai phrases to greet the folks, order properly and thank them for their help.

I speak their language to connect with the kind, generous, friendly Thai people to enhance our experience. If I tried speaking English or just pointed like a caveman the Thai would still smile and be friendly but we’d miss the special connection of speaking to someone in their native tongue; especially when in their country.

Your Readers

Sometimes when I read marketing blogs or blogging tips blogs I want to hurl.

“Marketing speak” – filled with complex concepts, verbose, long-winded explanations and silly words or phrases (we need to synergize backward overflow) – tends to slip into some marketing blogs. Even some blogging tips bloggers make things sound complex, using silly phrases to confuse their readers.

90% of readers cannot understand marketing speak. Meaning you didn’t speak their language. Meaning you just lost 90% of your audience.

Using complex words, phrases or concepts to get a point across is borne of ego. You want to sound smart. You want to impress people.

Meanwhile, the blogger who puts their ego to the side just wants to serve folks, crafting simple posts in their reader’s language to become the most successful bloggers in their niche.

Simple equals powerful.

Simple equals successful.

Einstein

Albert Einstein was one of the world’s great geniuses.

He once noted how unless you can explain a concept to a 5 year old that you don’t understand the concept yourself.

This line of thinking underscores why you need to make your blog posts easy to understand. Simple is powerful.

Not because your readers lack intelligence.

But because the quickest way to succeed with blogging is to teach your readers how to understand some concept with minimal effort.

Then your readers can put their new found knowledge into action quickly, practicing, cutting their learning curve and laying the foundation for a successful blog.

Can you see why speaking your reader’s language rocks?

You connect with them quickly, easily and painlessly, dissolving any barriers that “marketing speak” bloggers build for themselves, foolishly, the product of their ego.

Examples of Highly Successful Bloggers with Simple Writing Styles

I immediately click with any post I read on Donna Merrill’s blog.

She has developed the in demand skill of relaying potentially complex topics in simple, clear, clean fashion.

Jeff Goins is another blogger who drills down his posts to present a simple, clear, powerful message anybody can seize and use for their benefit quickly.

Darren Rowse is one of the standard bearers of keeping things simple to connect with his readers. He has built a 300,000 member community by speaking his reader’s language through his blog posts and through every guest post approved on his blog.

How to Speak Your Reader’s Language by Keeping Things Simple

  • visualize yourself in your reader’s shoes before you write a blog post; doing this helps you see things from your reader’s perspective
  • practice writing 1000 words daily in a Word document to become a clear, confident writer who crafts posts with authority and simplicity
  • read bloggers and authors who convey their message in simple, powerful style; learn from these pros through osmosis
  • Develop the habit of beginning sentences with powerful, actionable verbs; doing so adds crispness and clarity to your writing style

Your Turn

Are you crafting simple, powerful blog posts?

Or are you having a tough time writing in your reader’s language?

What tips can you add to this blog post?

How are you connecting with your readers?

6 thoughts on “Are You Speaking Your Reader’s Language?”

  1. Hi Ryan!

    Excellent article. I will follow your 4 recommendations on how to speak readers language and keep it simple as from tomorrow 🙂 I may struggle with the 1000 daily words but will give my best!

    Keep it up

    Paul

  2. Hi Ryan,

    I agree, and this is something I’ve had to really practise since setting up my blog. I like to ramble somewhat and getting concise blog posts that were easy to digest has been really important in developing my skills as a blogger.
    I often imagine that I’m blogging to an alien (my posts are about travel so my audience has often never been to the place I’m describing) and if it still sounds understandable, it gets published! Thanks for the tips!

  3. Hi Ryan,

    That’s a near trick which every blogger should use and apply in their professional as well as personal life.

    I liked how you simplified the whole concept by sharing a story of yours.

    When you speak your reader’s language, it becomes so much easier to stay connected and build a loyal reader base.

    I keep note of it that each of my new article is targeted towards my readers and I’m not using any confusing terms (if I have to, I’ll make sure to simply the concept)

    My blog is targeted towards newbies and I don’t want them to search for another term after getting confused.

    Thanks for sharing Ryan. Much appreciated!

    – Shafi

  4. Hi Ryan,

    I want to first thank you for the mention. It is so appreciated my friend.

    We have to speak and write in a way that everyone can understand. I always think that there are so many people who read my blog or listen to my videos where English is their second language. Also people are busy…I know I am, and the last thing I want to do is go to a thesaurus to figure out what someone is trying to convey lol.

    We have to put ourselves in our readers’ shoes and keep things simple. The main object of our content is to give a message that someone can take-away and use for themselves. We want to be able to help others take action on a specific topic.

    Communication is quite simple once you have the mindset to walk in other’s shoes.

    -Donna

  5. Hey Ryan!

    This is a powerful little tip I’ve learned a long while ago, actually.

    You have to write your content as if you are talking to your target audience face to face.

    I don’t think I would use such big and complex terms when I’m speaking with someone in my target audience face to face. So, why would I speak differently on paper, right?

    You gotta talk as if the person you want to help is right in front of you.

    That is how I write my content. I picture this one person (my niche avatar) right in front of me and I do my best to explain what I want to teach in my words.

    Sometimes I would even talk loudly while writing. This is why I like to write alone with no one else around me – otherwise, people will think I’m bananas or something! haha

    The only thing I would only worry about is my grammar. But that’s it. The words I use don’t matter as long as I get my message across in the best way possible.

    These are great tips for the new blogger!

    Thank you for sharing them!

    Best regards 😀

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