Originally Posted by GQgeek
There are certainly extremes at both ends, however I believe there is a clear purpose for it in business and politics. A manager that wraps statements in hyperbole will often generate more excitement and hence better results from his employees than a manager that distills every idea down to its core and dispenses instructions in the most expedient way possible. People make fun of Steve Balmer because he's so animated and makes everything sound big but he's extremely effective.
You have a valid and important point. I don't strip everything down to the bare minimums by any measure. However, there is a very broad line between getting your point across and losing your audience. There should always be some seasoning, some humor, some personality in correspondence, particularly in the spoken word. My issue is with people who use too many words that add nothing to the idea being expressed. I would prefer to watch an hour of Steve Ballmer over 5 minutes of John Kerry (political views aside for the moment)
A little egg wash on the wall before casting the pot of spaghetti towards it (metaphorically speaking) helps the spaghetti stick so much better. Throw too much spaghetti, and much of it will fall to the floor.