Whether making a technical presentation, or giving basic instructions, simplicity is the way to go. Jargon and specialist terminology are really only appropriate when addressing “the initiated.” Face it “existential manifestations of the charisma,” sounds impressive but will leave many hearers bemused. In fact, even “outward signs of grace” is problematic to many audiences. Forgive the examples from my own field, but they do illustrate the point.
Leadership is about getting things done. If you have an entire team scratching their heads over the latest instruction, then the “done” doesn’t happen.
It is not only the word choice which needs to be simple. Sometimes it is the underlying concepts that need to “go back to basics.” Colin Powell captured this concept wonderfully when he pointed out that, “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.” Framing an idea in a way everyone can visualise is a win-win approach.
To sum it up – keep it simple! Plain words, clear concepts, and straightforward instructions seldom go wrong.