Quantify it

Last Updated on April 14, 2021

To communicate clearly, particularly in the workplace, it helps to quantify things. Language can be vague. If you say you are “pretty sure that the project will be delivered on time”, what does that mean in percentage terms? To some it might mean you are 90% sure, to others it might mean 60% sure. Words are ripe for misinterpretation.

Here’s a cool example from Superforecasters of a quantitative equivalent for words:

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Superforecasters

This is similar to the idea of a confidence interval from statistics.

Try stating your confidence interval, or asking others to state theirs, in order to communicate more clearly. e.g. I’m 50-80% confidence that x will occur.