If you can’t explain it simply…

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
Albert Einstein

I have been thinking about that a lot lately. I have been listening to some “guru’s” that hold themselves out as experts in the field, and I marvel at how many of them resort to “jargon”. It has been my experience that most of the people that use “jargon” have a very shallow understanding of the subject matter. They often pepper their speech with “buzz-words” or “catch-phrases” to make it sound like they know what they are talking about.

Just the other day I heard an SME (Subject Matter Expert…Jargon) make a statement that was patently false…I mean completely and unequivocally wrong! I recently went to a doctor and he was explaining what my problem was…I said so what you are trying to say Doc is “the knee bone is connected to the leg bone…and the leg bone is connected to the hip bone” he started laughing.

Think about this next time your looking at a contract full of wherefore’s and hereof’s how does that language improve the parties understanding? How does it improve clarity? I think if you can’t explain it to your 13 year old son, daughter, niece, or nephew you might need check your knowledge base.