How to Avoid Overexplaining

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In our online workshop last week, we shared seven strategies for elaboration, and one of our students asked us this question:

“How do I avoid overexplaining something?”

To overexplain is to explain in too much detail — sharing too much information that’s unimportant. This may bore your listeners, or worse, confuse them. 

When we explain something, we want to be concise. We only want to share what the listeners need to know, or things that can emphasise our point so that they understand it better. 

So for our video this week, Madam Azimah and I thought it would be a good idea to share tips on how to avoid overexplaining.

Watch the video here.

You can also listen to this session on SpotifyApple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

We not only share tips on how to avoid overexplaining, but we also talk about what to do when you’ve overexplained and how to get back on track!

Plus, Rowena, Madam Azimah’s cat, makes a special appearance.

Till our next post!

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We’re Azimah, Amnah and Aisya from Malaysia. We created My English Matters as a digital platform to help Malaysians and second language learners with their English proficiency.

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