Friday, January 6, 2012

Focused Communication

Currently I am reading a book by Cameron Herold called Double Double. Chapter 5 begins with the following statement about communicating that I thought would be good to share.

"Communication is difficult. To prove my point, try reading the next sentence six times, and put the emphasis on a different word each time.


"I Didn't Say You Were Beautiful"
"I Didn't Say You Were Beautiful"
"I Didn't Say You Were Beautiful"
"I Didn't Say You Were Beautiful"
"I Didn't Say You Were Beautiful"
"I Didn't Say You Were Beautiful"


If this set of six words can mean so many different things, it's no wonder that communication within a company can be so confusing and frustrating at times."

When working with a group of people make sure what you are saying is what is being heard. A great tool for this is to ask someone to repeat back what you have said in his or her own words. When doing this I have saved a tremendous amount of trouble.

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