How do you properly communicate in a world of abbreviations?

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Living in a world with abbreviations. First in fairness to disclosure, one of my pet peeves is carrying on communications peppered with abbreviations in writing emails or in blog posts or just in conversation, I find it ‘rude’, ‘condescending’ and most of all ‘annoying’.

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Every profession has their ‘short cuts’, Real Estate has more than its share. Here in California we have so many forms that I find it is in bad form when people constantly communicate in abbreviations. I am not going to bore you with all of them, rather I will use just use one as an example.

“…Please return the SVLQF completed so the buyer and his agent can read and execute…”  The proper way to communicate with abbreviations is First state the form: Seller’s Vacant Land Questionnaire Form (SVLQF) then in parenthesis use the abbreviations (SVLQF), the first time and after that it is acceptable to use the abbreviations.

I find that by using the above protocol it leaves no confusion and the other party does not feel offended or more so ‘talked’ down to. Keep in mind buyers and sellers generally do not deal with these forms day in and day out, rather just occasionally. I can assure you that the forms change every few years so it will be “new” to a potential buyer or a seller, since the last time they did a transaction.

In case you are wondering what brought this about? Well let me fill you in.  Before I decide to cook any meal, I do a cursory check on the internet and glance at various recipes, then I go to my cookbooks and ultimately come up with my own version. Well the other day, I was looking at a recipe for a dish on the Internet. I started reading it and in at least three places I found this ingredient ‘EVOO’. Now keep in mind cooking is a passion for me.

I have many cookbooks and have receive numerous recipes from friend and I have searched  the internet more often than I care to admit it, but I have never noticed this ingredient “EVOO”. Now I was intrigued and annoyed at the same time. I started wondering what I could substitute this item, in case I absolutely need to.

I immediately went to my laptop and discovered that EVOO is an abbreviation for Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Now with that said I was more annoyed at the poor form this particular person used in describing her recipe. Ironically it turned out, her recipe was mediocre to lousy at best. I managed to correct and season the dish properly that we all could enjoy it.

So, with that said, if you are looking to properly communicate with your audience, please take the time and use this technique of communication: spell out the word the first time and put in parenthesis the abbreviated version and then and only then use it in the body of your writing.

Now if you are looking for a greater Los Angeles Realtor who will communicate with you clearly. Please reach out to me directly.

If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at310.486.1002 (m) or homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at  http://www.endrebarath.com.  I am a Pet Friendly Realtor and I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations.

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Rainmaker
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William Feela
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Long hand only.  I don't work with short hand of any kind

Dec 25, 2016 05:39 PM #1
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Lou Ludwig
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Endre

A real estate professional talking in abbreviations can easily confuse their customers.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 25, 2016 05:56 PM #2
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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William Feela  we are on the same page, clients have to understand what we are saying, the transaction is stressful enough why add more stress to it?, Endre

Dec 25, 2016 07:47 PM #3
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Lou Ludwig  I want to help my clients and not confuse them... many unfortunately do not get this, Endre

Dec 25, 2016 08:02 PM #4
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Debbie Reynolds
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I would be lost on that abbreviation too. Even as many recipes as I have read, I have never seen that used.

Dec 25, 2016 08:27 PM #5
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debbie Reynolds  as you I read a lot of recipes and I had no idea... I am more accustomed to great Chefs clarifying instead of trying to confuse....Endre

Dec 25, 2016 08:58 PM #6
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Endre, I think at least one of the TV personality chefs (Rachel Ray perhaps) refers to EVOO frequently, so it's an abrieviation I recognized.

Dec 26, 2016 06:27 AM #7
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
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I remember the first time I came across EVOO and had to google it.  Agree with you wholeheartedly about the abbreviations thing...it does not lend itself to clarity.

Dec 26, 2016 06:35 AM #8
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Susan Haughton  we both had to do the same that tells you it is the wrong approach. Good thing we have Mr. Google:)Endre

Dec 26, 2016 08:38 AM #9
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Endre --- "extra virgin" anything has been out of my vocabulary for years -- just sayin'.   

Dec 26, 2016 09:40 AM #10
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Michael Jacobs  do not forget Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil is what I use hence the EVOO would not work in my vocabulary anyway....Endre

Dec 26, 2016 09:43 AM #11
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