A ‘Failure To Deselect’?

A Failure To Deselect

Read a fantastic rant by Barrie Seppings – Director of Creative Strategy at wordsearch, the world’s leading marketing network for architecture, property and real estate – on the Firebrand Ideas Ignition Blog yesterday titled “Copywriters: What the %$@#* are you saying?“.

Barrie’s post get my approval merely for quoting Don Watson, Paul Keating’s former speechwriter, brilliant book Death Sentence – and if you have ever written a tender and not read Don’s book, please do!

Anyhow in his post Barrie makes mention to something I had not heard of before and which he terms a ‘Failure to deselect‘, being:

“… a fear that unless we say every single thing we can possibly say about a brand or product, we therefore fail to communicate the full range of the brand’s attributes. And we therefore fail as marketers. So, to avoid failure, we use all of our words to try and say all of the things.”

Now, swap out ‘brand or product‘ and ‘marketer‘ and replace it with ‘law or regulation‘ and ‘lawyer‘ and does this sound familiar to you?

It certainly did to me. And in this time of ‘doing more for less‘ in law, it got me to thinking: are we actually suffering from a ‘failure to deselect’?

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