What’s in a Word?

Humans are meaning-making machines – we will apply meaning to anything.  Meaning of a situation, a result, a look or comment from somebody……even a word.  And we all add our own unique perspective to the meaning. Where one person might interpret a result as a failure, another might take hope from it, or a new lesson. Even though words have their definitions in a dictionary, we have tendency to using certain words over others, and have our own way of using the same word. Think about what the following words mean to you: love; respect; integrity; family; accountability. I bet

Mind your Language

When you are speaking to a group it helps to speak the same language, and I’m not talking about English or French. Last week I talked about some specifics of how you communicate, and this week I’m talking about your audience.  What language do they speak? Almost every industry has their own lingo or vernacular – words specific to their industry. A big mistake would be to use the language of your industry when speaking to people from another industry.  Better to become familiar with theirs so you can blend in, and demonstrate that you have done your homework. This

Speak up and stop upsetting yourself

Do we worry too much about what other people think?  The story yesterday about the  Anzac Day centenary and how it might cause tension in a multicultural Australia and offend minorities made me think about how far we go not to offend people. Individuals do this all the time.  Acting and speaking in a certain way not to upset, and in doing so, actually upset themselves. Now I’m not talking about being mean and offensive for the sake of having an opinion (not mentioning Jason Akermanis), but about the times that people hold back from expressing their thoughts and feelings when