KISS is my favourite acronym. You probably know that it stands for Keep It Simple Stupid.
Now you think I’m being insulting.
It’s my favourite reminder to myself. Because I can tend to over think, over complicate, over analyse, and generally get over myself being over the top.
Keep It Simple Stupid
The only other person I voice KISS to is Michelle. This is because there aren’t many people who wouldn’t take this as gratuitous rudeness. At least ones that won’t bop me upside the head for it. Michelle’s too short to reach. Though I suppose she could bite my ankles like an enraged chihuahua. But she doesn’t. She uses KISS too. It’s become a bit of an ace acronym for us.
There’s nothing like a say-it-how-it-is sibling to bring you down to earth. We may like to soar like dragons, shoot for the moon, blah blah blah, and we love all that. Love doing that.
But sometimes you’ve just got to get grounded. Get back to basics, if you like. It’s a bit politer than telling Stupid to keep things simple. Or Simple not to be so stupid. Before I get into a rude roll, here’s the polite version:
Back to Basics
*An adjective – definitions:
1) Stressing simplicity and adherence to fundamental principles:
The movement suggests a back-to-basics approach to living for those whose lives have become complicated.
2) Emphasizing or based upon the teaching of such basic subjects as reading, arithmetic, grammar, or history in a traditional way.
Point 1 probably resonates with just about everyone, since who doesn’t have a complicated life?
Stressing simplicity and adherence to fundamental principles is essentially KISS.
Point 2 emphasizing or based upon the teaching of such basic subjects … I reckon, applies to any subject. We share and coach a lot on sales and marketing subjects.
The fundamentals never change. It’s not rocket science.
Putting the cart before the horse
We do many different things at Dragon Sisters.
Sometimes it can seem that we spear off on radical tangents from our core business.
People hire us for varied projects and for a variety of reasons. Yet essentially, we’re contracted to do one thing for them: to communicate.
This might come with bolt-on requirements like research, analysis, strategy, coaching, consulting, content creation, whatever. Often, these sorts of requirements come first as the request for help.
Kind of like putting the cart before the horse. The cart being what needs rolling out for their business or project, and the horse being the conveyance to get it to where they want it to be.
That conveyance boils down to communication.
Every time. It comes first.
Otherwise, nothing gets moved forward.
Some of the most talented people get nowhere near their potential, simply because they lack the expertise or experience to communicate effectively enough (even to themselves) to get results.
So, guess what – we use the KISS test on just about everything.
Especially when we get caught up in the enthusiasm of new concepts and are bursting with ideas. Or when we get stumped by something. Or when we get too fancy pants about something.
If you find yourself in any of those situations – stumped, wearing your fancy pants; carried away with your cart – or whatever, give it a try. Go back to basics. Get KISSing!
Then, you can
*Source: Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.