When a client described me as ‘intelligent. But not too intelligent’, I wasn’t sure if it was a compliment or an insult. But I settled on the former. Here’s why…
I was working with a client and she described me as intelligent.
But not too intelligent.
At first, I thought: what do you mean; that I’m not really very clever?
And then I thought: actually, I love that.
It’s exactly what I aim for with my writing.
That it’s easy to understand but explores some interesting ideas.
That it’s accessible.
I have done the academic writing.
I’ve got a few polysyllabic words in my vocab.
I’ve read some fancy books on feminism.
With complex themes.
That took me months to get my head around.
But with my writing, I stick to plain language.
Because I think it better conveys my message.
So I’ll happily take ‘intelligent but not too intelligent.’.
How would you like to be described?