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How Long Should Your HR Communications Be?

How Long Should Your HR Communications Be?

by Frank Roche on November 8, 2011

in Communication

Length of the Gettysburg Address: 270 words at most (depends on the version)

Length of Imagine by John Lennon: 3 minutes 3 seconds (on the album Imagine)

Length of your stuff: Too dang long.

Shakespeare’s “Brevity is the soul of wit” was apt in Hamlet. Moreso now. They didn’t have smart phones in 1602. Nor the attention spans of goldfish.

Here’s how long your HR communications should be: Much shorter than they are. Videos: No more than 3 minutes. Memos: No more than 3 paragraphs.


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