Whenever I hear a speaker use language that is unduly complicated, it sparks several reactions:
- "This person is blowing smoke to hide a lack of expertise."
- "This person confuses complexity with depth and is seeking to impress us."
- "This person may not be trying to deceive or impress anyone but simply doesn't know the subject well enough to put it in plain language."
- "This person may know the subject, but doesn't care enough about the audience to put it in terms that are easier to understand."
I've mentioned this idea before but a very wise Human Resources Director of my acquaintance writes a clear description of key HR issues on large note cards. When she finishes a management book, she jots what she learned on those note cards. It is a simple and brilliant habit because translating the complex into the simple is one of the surest ways to learn a subject.
If you can't put it in plain language, perhaps you don't know it.